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Sweet Briar College 

Alumnae Magazine 



Fall 1978 



Sweet Briar Scholars, 
1978-1979 



Class of 1979: Seniors 

Susan C. Andrews, Norfolk, VA. Major: economics. 
Honors Committee, Tau Phi, Career Counseling Com- 
mittee, Sweet Briar News, vice-president of Athletic As- 
sociation, Interact, member of Student Life Task Force 
of Long Range Planning Commission, Dean's List, var- 
sity tennis team, varsity basketball team. Sister of 
Elizabeth Andrews Watts '74. 
Janet L. Baldwin, Dallas, TX. Major: religion. Sweet 
Briar News, tennis team, Junior Year in France, Dallas 
Society for Crippled Children. Sister of Anne Baldwin 
'78 and Florence Baldwin '81. 

Laura L. Crum, Montgomery, AL. Major: government. 
Bum Chums, Tau Phi, representative of Curriculum 
Committee, Big Sister on Orientation Committee, Ger- 
man Club. 

Marcia G. Gibbons, Lovingston, VA. Major: psychology. 
Dean's List, External Task Force of the Long Range 
Planning Commission. Hopes to be a certified teacher 
for children with learning disabilities. 
Alice Trout Hagen, Roanoke, VA. Major: English. Co- 
editor, The Brambler, Tau Phi, German Club, repre- 
sentative on Sue Reid Slaughter Fund Commit- 
tee, Athletic Association, Subcommittee on External 
Affairs, finalist for the Virginia English Speaking Union 
Award, Dean's List. Daughter of Alice Trout Hagen '49 
and sister of Ellen Hagan '81. 

Mary Lawrence Harris, Richmond, VA. Major: biology 
and chemistry. Junior Honors, Dean's List, Tau Phi, 
treasurer of Student Government Association, Student 
Executive Board, Career Planning Committee, Health 
Services Committee and Social Committee, Daughter 
of Elizabeth Trueheart Harris '49. 

Class of 1980: Juniors 

Sharmini J. Luther, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Major: English 
language and literature. Secretary, the International 
Students Association, Sweet Briar News, Task Force on 
Teaching, Concert Choir, Dean's List. Sister of Carmini 
Luther '81. 

Florence A. Powell, Johnson City, TN. Major: govern- 
ment. Orientation Committee, Interact, Young Demo- 
crats, Student Guide, Sweet Briar News, Concert Choir, 
nominee for Truman Scholarship, Dean's List. 
Catherine K. Tucker, Elkart, KS. Major: drama. 
Paint and Patches, Friends of the Library, Student 
Guide, Concert Choir, McVea Scholar, Dean's List. 
Mary E. Walch, Gladstone, MI. Major: drama. Paint 
and Patches, Sweet Briar News, Head Start Program in 
Lynchburg, hostess to prospective students, Big Sister 
for Orientation Program, Dean's List, accepted to attend 
National Theatre Institute in Waterford, CT. 
Elisabeth B. Ward, New Orleans, LA. Major: mathe- 
matical physics. Briar Patch, diving team, chemistry lab 
assistant, Orientation Committee, Young Democrats 
Club, James River Project, Dean's List. Daughter of 
Sloan Hawkins Ward '44. 



Class of 1981: Sophomores 

Sophia G. T. Crysler, Haverford, PA. Freshman Repre- 
sentative to Judicial Committee, Sweet Briar News, Re- 
publican Gub, French Club, treasurer for Coffee House, 
Freshman Honors. Sister of Cannie E. Crysler '78. 
Lynn M. Danesi, New Alexandria, PA. American Chemi- 
cal Society Student Affiliate, Freshman Honors, Penn- 
sylvania 4-H Animal Science and Husbandry Club, at- 
tended 9th Annual Mid-Winter Chemistry Conference 
at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. 
Anne F. Grosvenor, Memphis, TN. French Club, 
Freshman Honors, apprentice member of the Memphis 
Ballet Company; teaches ballet to Sweet Briar students. 
Nancy W. Hanger, Atlanta, GA. Treasurer of the class 
of 1981, Sweet Tones, R.A., Freshman Honors. Daughter 
of Sudie Clark Hanger '42, sister of Libba Hanger Luther 
'65 and Susan Hanger '74, niece of Betty Hanger Lippin- 
cott '42. 

Jane G. Losse, Salt Lake City, UT. Concert Choir, In- 
teract, Freshman Sweet Briar News, Freshman Honors, 
Amherst Brownie troop, adult adviser and secretary for 
church youth group, speaker on "The Arts at Sweet 
Briar." 

Carmini J. Luther, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sweet Briar 
News, Freshman Honors, International Club, Concert 
Choir, social welfare work. Sister of Sharmini Luther 
'80. 

Mary V. Reynolds, Little Rock, AR. Sweet Briar News, 
Freshman Honors. 

Susan P. Richeson, Madison Heights, VA. Interact, 
Sweet Briar News, Freshman Honors. Daughter of Celia 
Loving Richeson '58. 

Margaret L. Walz, Fanwood, NJ. FOCUS, Interact, 
Concert Choir, Brownie leader. Freshman Honors. 
Kelly G. Yeadon, Atlanta, GA. Interact, French Club, 
FOCUS, Sweet Briar News, Freshman Honors. 

Class of 1982: Freshmen 

Linda Susan Barrow, Lynnfield Senior High School, 
Lynnfield, MA. 

Ethel H. Ogden Burwell, University-Liggett School, 
Grosse Point, MI. Daughter of Ethel Ogden Burwell 
'58. 

Crystal Lee Conger, North Posey High School, Evans- 
ville, IN. 

Anne Venable Edmunds, Norfolk Christian High School, 
Virginia Beach, VA. Cousin of Harriet Venable Coons 
'69. 

Katherine Joan Egli, Dawson County High School, Glen- 
dive, MT. 

Deborah Renee Harvey, Nelson Co. High School, Loving- 
ston, VA. 

Lizbeth Lynn Kauffman, Hawken School, Shaker 
Heights, OH. 

Deborah Elizabeth Price, Oak wood High School, 
Dayton, OH. 

Martha Lee Watson, Brookstone School, Columbus, 
GA. Sister of Patsy Lynn Watson '74. 
Wai Chee Yee, Billings Senior High School, Billings, 
MT. 



Volume 49, Number 1; Fall 1978 
Editor: Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47 
Managing Editor: Ann Morrison Reams '42 
Class Notes Editor: Carolyn Bates 




Alumnae Magazine 



Fall 1978 



2 Something More Than Muddling 

Through 
4 We Don't Mess Around 

by Bonnie Jackson 
6 Conversations with Sweet Briar 

Musicians 

by Blair Graves Smith '48 

10 See Anybody You Know? 

11 Alumnae Notices 

12 Briar Patches 

18 Profiles: Three Women of the Year 
26 Journalism and the Liberal Arts: 

Two Comments 

by Elder Witt Wellborn '67 and by 

Susan Harte '61 
28 The International Flavor of 

Sweet Briar 

by Carolyn McKee 
30 Chemistry is Alive and Well 

by John McClenon 
32 A Comprehensive Exhibit 
34 The Editor's Room 
36 They Wear the Rose 



Issued four times yearly; fall, winter, spring and summer by Sweet 
Briar College. Second class postage paid at Sweet Briar. Virginia 
24595. Telephone (804) 381-5513. Printed by J.P. Bell, Lynch- 
burg, VA. Send form 3579 to Sweet Briar College, Box E, Sweet 
Briar. VA 24595. 



COVER: Meg Richards '78 takes Turning Point, one of Sweet 
Briar's school mounts, over a jump in a recent event. Through the 
years. Sweet Briar's Harriet Rogers Riding Center has attracted 
student riders from far and near — and its teaching program has 
given them the kind of rigorous training that makes champions 
This fall, the Riding Center will host the first reunion of Sweet 
Briar riders, as alumnae and their horses return to campus (ad- 
vance registration required). They will find that their College has 
indeed been well represented ( see page two). 



1S7 8< 3 



Something More 
Than Muddling 
Through 



Photographs b.v Kathleen Kavanaugh '74 




Eve Baskowitz '78 on "Think Snow" 



The rains came and turned the turf to soggy mud, 
but it was a great day for Sweet Briar. 

Our riding team captured the first Invitational Inter- 
collegiate Riding Championship, March 26, with the 
highest number of points (1182), winning over the 
Averett College team (1053.5 points). 

Forty riders from 14 colleges and universities com- 
peted in the Invitational Intercollegiate Three-Phase 
Riding Championship, which was sponsored by the Na- 
tional Riding Committee and held at Sweet Briar. Judges 
were Marion Lee of Arlington, VA, a National Riding 
Committee No. 1 rank rider and a National judge and 
Melanie Smith of Germantown, Tenn., a leading ama- 
teur rider and successful trainer of hunters, jumpers 
and event horses. 

Top scores were as follows: 

Dressage 

1. Sweet Briar College (4%) 

2. Averett College (450.5) 

3. Lake Erie College (444) 

4. University of Virginia (434.5) 

5. Radford College (419) 

6. United States Military Academy (412) 



Cross Country 

1. Sweet Briar College (686) 

2. Wood Junior College (651) 

3. United States Military Academy (621) 

4. Radford College (614) 

5. Averett College (613) 

6. University of Virginia (604) 

Written 

1. Meg Richards, Sweet Briar College (92) 

2. Eve Baskowitz. Sweet Briar College (88) 

3. Jamie Planck, Sweet Briar College (85.5) 

4. Cathy Schreiber, Lake Erie College (85) 

5. Dean Lindholm, United States Military 
Academy (80) 

6. Pat Ness, University of Minnesota (80) 

The three phases — dressage sportif. a modified cross- 
country course and a stadium jumping course — were 
patterned after the Olympic three-day riding competi- 
tion. "Dressage means schooling," explained a NRC 
National Judge. "Dressage shows the rider's knowledge 
and the discipline and level of schooling of the horse. 
You can pretty well tell by the end of the first day of 
dressage how the horse and rider will perform the sec- 




amie Planck '81 on "Tudor Swagger" 



Kathryn Leonard '79 on "Buttercup" 



Meg Richards '78 on "Turning Point" 



ond day in the cross country and stadium jumping." 

Paul D. Cronin. Sweet Briar's Director of Riding and 
coach for the team, said that "in clinching the victory 
our team finished first in the Dressage Sportif and Cross 
Country Jumping Phases as well as having four clean 
rounds in the Stadium Phase and taking first, second 
and third places in the optional written phase. Our riders 
worked hard as a team in preparing for the National 
Championship and we are all proud of their success. 
High Point Individual Rider honors went to Jamie 
Planck '81. a rider of natural ability and one of the best- 
prepared new students to enter Sweet Briar. During the 
competition she racked up 424 points, followed by Jane 
Sibley of Lake Erie College with 380 points." 



Members of the Sweet Briar team have ten to 17 
years of riding experience. Jamie Planck of 
Prospect. KY, has been riding for more than ten years 
and has been a successful junior competitor at "A" level 
competitions on the East coast. Last year she took off 
from school to ride with Nashville horse trainer Otis 
Brown. Jr. She has been on the Florida horse show : cir- 
cuit but had never trained for dressage before going to 
Sweet Briar. "This was my first time at three-phase 
competition." Jamie said. 



Kathryn Leonard '79 of Decatur. Ala., is a No. 3 Na- 
tional Riding Committee rated rider. She has success- 
fully competed in horse shows and horse trials, includ- 
ing Darby's Folly's Horse Trials, the Purcellville Horse 
Trials and the Farmington Horse Show. 

Meg Richards 78 of Williamsburg. VA, a No. 2 NRC 
ranked rider, was president of the Sweet Briar Student 
Riding Council. A graduate of the Potomac Horse Cen- 
ter's Horsemaster's Program, Meg has successfully 
competed in local, recognized and intercollegiate horse 
shows as well as in hunter trials, hunter paces and horse 
trials. She also has participated in assistant judging of 
hunter competition. 

Eve Baskowitz '78 of St. Louis has successfully com- 
peted in hunter trials and horse shows through the "A" 
level, including the Washington International, Madison 
Square Garden, the Penn National, Chagrin Valley 
P.H. A. and the Prix de Villes. 

The National Riding Committee is sponsored by two 
divisions of the American Alliance for Health, Physical 
Education and Recreation: the National Association 
for Sports and Physical Education and the National As- 
sociation for Girls' and Women's Sports. The NRC 
sponsors clinics and rating centers throughout the coun- 
try, with a goal of establishing Olympic standards in the 
teaching of riding. 



We Don't Mess Around 



by Bonnie Jackson 




Before she came to Sweet Briar as coach and director of aquatics, 
Bonnie Jackson won the Connecticut Amateur Athletic Union Cham- 
pionship as a Yale student. She coached the Yale Swim Club and 
Yale's women's varsity swim team. Bonnie says, "Swimming is good 
for just about anything. It is good for heart rate and breath and builds 
up cardiorespiratory endurance. Swimming tones up the whole body. 



It doesn't place undue stress on joints; it loosens up and relaxes the en- 
tire body. A regular swimming program builds you mentally and 
physically. Start out slowly and don't overdo it if you're not in shape. 
Begin with four to eight laps and increase the number of laps you swim 
daily. Remember, swimming is fantastic exercise and helps remove 
inches from your hips and really tones up your hind quarters!" 



• • \m/ e Don't Mess Around" was the favorite 
* r cheer of the Sweet Briar swim team this 
year, and it turned out to be more than a rallying cry 
when the team won the Virginia State Small College 
Women's Swim Title in SBC's first year of varsity com- 
petition. 

We thought last fall that we would be lucky to win 
even one meet. After all, SBC's new six-lane, 25-meter 
swimming pool had just been opened; before that, we 
used a lake on campus for water sports and recreation. 
Our swimmers, if they had had competitive experience 
at all, were former summer club swimmers who had not 
practiced in years. Knowing that we lacked both con- 
ditioning and experience, we faced a substantial chal- 
lenge. Could we find a group of Sweet Briar women dedi- 
cated to stick it out through five months of hard training? 

We met our challenge. After going undefeated against 



all five of our opponents, we surpassed our closest com- 
petitor, Mary Washington College, by 134 points in the 
State Small College Meet in February. We scored most 
heavily in the longer-distance events, taking 40 percent 
or more of the points in the 1 ,650 freestyle, 200 butter- 
fly, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, the 400 individual 
medley and also in the diving events. The victory was a 
total team effort with 19 of the 21 members scoring points. 

How did all this happen in five months? First, we 
are fortunate to have a beautiful pool. With its 
one- and three-meter, maxi-flex diving boards, it is the 
finest indoor short course facility in the state. A second 
important factor was our ambitious training program. 
We began with a dry-land conditioning and stroke-work 
phase from mid-September through mid-October. With 
intensive videotaping and stroke-analysis sessions, all 



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This array of photographs l>> Kathleen Kavanagh '74 depicts man; 
aspects of Sweet Briar's successful first season in aquatic competition: 
"Swimmers to the block!" from the official starter induces visible 
tension as the competitors prepare to cleave the mirror-like surface 
(top photo). In the upper row of pictures, left to right: Ellen Quinn '78 
porpoises down the 25-meter lane, on her way to another fast finish 
in the butterfly event; Kim Wood '80 gets a good start on her lap of 
the 200-meter relay; and Sigy Carlen '81 shows the kind of freestyle 



form and speed that helped so often to put points on Sweet Briar's 
side of the scoreboard. In the bottom row, left to right: two of 
"Daniel's Divers" execute synchronized one-and-a-half forward somer- 
saults in the pike position, Kim Horner '79 from the three-meter board, 
Jill Steenhuis '80 from the one-meter; Pam Ramsdell '79 rests on a 
lane marker after some grueling laps; the Sweet Briar team finishes 
its victory cheer in a burst of the kind of enthusiastic spirit that kept it 
going throughout the season, all the way to the championship. 



our swimmers learned to do the four competitive strokes 
correctly. 

Then the hard work began: six days a week of stren- 
uous two-hour sessions. Giving up Friday afternoons 
and Sunday evenings for practice was something Sweet 
Briar athletes were not used to! In January we added 
morning sessions from 7: 15 to 8:45. Extra practices are 
necessary to create a good team. The girls swam a total 
of 8,000 meters, or the equivalent of five miles, on 
double practice days; on single practice days they swam 
three miles. 

This excellent conditioning was a deciding factor in 
the longer-distance events, where our swimmers came 
through time after time. We could count on Ellen Quinn 
'78, an average swimmer at the beginning of the year, to 
win points consistently in the 200 butterfly, 200 back- 
stroke and 400 individual medley events. Whitley Greene 
'81 won the 100 freestyle; Gina Neilson '80 won the 1,600 
freestyle; Mari Monahan '78 won the 200 breaststroke. 
Divers Jill Steenhuis '80 and Kim Horner '79 also con- 



tributed to the success of the team. Their achievements 
are attributable to their own hard work and to the dedi- 
cation of College Vice President Peter Daniel, who volun- 
teered his time to coach them. At both Dartmouth and 
The University, Daniel was an intercollegiate diver and 
at one time ranked second in the Virginia intercollegiate 
competition. 

The key to Sweet Briar's swim team has been its spirit 
and togetherness. The strength of our team consisted 
not in the talent of a few swimmers but in the dedication 
and enthusiasm of the group as a whole. Led by Captain 
Sally Poison '78, team members inspired and encouraged 
one another to keep going when at times the price of 
commitment seemed too high. The supportive Sweet Briar 
community also had a positive effect on the team psyche. 

We had a Cinderella year. This is only a beginning. 
Where do we go from here? With a year of experience 
behind us and the prospect of more experienced swim- 
mers joining our ranks, we can extend our capabilities 
further next year. We won't mess around! 



I 



Conversations with Sweet Bria 



by Blair Graves Smith '48 




Instructor in piano at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, Blair Graves 
Smith '48 says, "I've picked up any crazy job I could get, usually a 
couple of them. I supervised elementary music in Roanoke for six 
years after SBC; got a master's degree at the University of Michigan 
and was music librarian at Michigan at the university FM station. 
I did church choir work in Philadelphia, taught theory and piano at 
Western College. Since it folded, Miami U. made the point it wanted 
the buildings, not the faculty. I'm just getting back to college teaching 
and have twenty-five private pupils plus a children's choir at church. 
We also take roomers!" 

Blair's husband Brenton is with the history department at Miami 
University. Their son Kenneth is at W&L; Philip is at Miami and 
Brenton, Jr., is in high school. At Sweet Briar Blair was a Bum Chum 
and Head of the Choir. Blair is the daughter of the late Margaret 
Burwell Graves '23 and the sister of Margaret Graves McClung '53. 



Four years of music at Sweet Briar, and then what? 
Where does the Sweet Briar musician go once the 
choir, the Sweet Tones, the senior recital are done? How 
does she feel about music five, ten, thirty years later? 
These are some of the questions we talked about this 
year with Sweet Briar musicians. 

Why come to Sweet Briar and major in music? Most of 
these individuals answer as a group: when they chose 
Sweet Briar they planned to be mathematics, English 
— even bio-physics — majors, or they had no plans. This 
seems true not only for the majors of the '30's and '40's 
but, oddly enough, also for the majors of the '60's and 
'70's, a group that has been thoroughly exposed to voca- 
tional guidance through the preparatory years. Though 
some came to music by drifting, more often they felt they 
were drawn to it as a major. One expressed what many 
felt: "I didn't decide to major in music; it caught me." 

The Sweet Briar musician has strong feelings about 
the place of music in a liberal arts education. Its early 
place in the seven liberal arts puts it alongside grammar, 
rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry and astronomy. Music 
today is too frequently treated as a polite social grace. 
A teacher at another Virginia college, discussing music 
in the liberal arts curriculum, summed up his argument: 
"It would be an unwholesome corruption of the liberal 
arts curriculum to give academic credit for learning to 
play the viola." To the Sweet Briar graduates who re- 
member the hours of analysis, music history and com- 
position as well as the applied music, this is ridiculous 
and when asked whether they felt music belonged as a 
liberal arts major the most common answer was "de- 
finitely. " That word was generally followed by an excla- 
mation point. 

Diana Martin '75 commented: "Does English belong 
in the liberal arts? Does history? What are the liberal 
arts but the study of man's self definition and expres- 
sion?" Lynne Gardner Miller '68 added: "Music ranks 
with the sciences in discipline and excitement, a combi- 
nation of precision, history and feeling." 

Sweet Briar musicians unanimously agree that the 
liberal arts curriculum should include music. The ques- 
tion of whether a future professional musician belongs at 
Sweet Briar provokes more discussion. By definition, the 
liberal arts degree denies the total specialization that 
the performer requires. By the small size of the program 
the students are cut off from the stimulus that a larger 
group of fellow students can give. 



Musicians 



Jessie Christie Cruger '62 
began her continuing theat- 
rical career as a freshman at 
Sweet Briar; she was also in 
the Senior Show, The Boy 
Friend. 




There are, however, many advantages to the Sweet 
Briar experience as the Sweet Briar musician thinks 
it over. To inject a personal note from Ohio: I have just 
graded a large set of papers from students who perform 
beautifully but cannot write a sentence or find the word 
for what they want to say. The Sweet Briar musicians 
articulate themselves forcefully. Is this due to the fact 
they were required to take more than music and fresh- 
man English? 

Alumnae through the years value the camaraderie 
established in the music department, whether it involved 
early Sunday drives to arrive in time for choir or late 
night sessions at the old white building and in Babcock. 
Marian Dolan '76 remembers, too, the beauty of the 
setting. "Sweet Briar is such a beautiful place to study 
the arts. As much as I love the cultural advantages that 
a city such as Boston affords, I also miss the quiet soli- 
tude afforded to a musician on a campus out in the 
middle of nature." 

Those who lived under the 4-1-4 plan are enthusiastic 
about its possibilities for music majors. Diana Martin 
'75 wrote that the January term established almost a con- 
servatory atmosphere allowing for specialization in lieder 
or chamber music or for a period of undistracted musical 
growth. Carolyn Ivey '77 remembers that it was Winter 
Term that decided her on graduate school in music therapy. 

No matter how the debate on the values of studying 
music at a liberal arts college is settled, the musi- 
cians valued most strongly the direct, almost tutorial 
contact with a teacher that the music degree provides. 
The faculty names change through the years and vary 
with the individual's particular interest but the teachers 
are all remembered with affection and gratitude. Jodie 



Morgan Hartman '45 commented that certain pieces 
still "bring back memories of my dear Miss Weaver 
struggling along with me." When doing hymn arrange- 
ments Martha Frye Nye '48 "always felt the heavy eye of 
Mr. Zechiel waiting for me to dare to use parallel fourths 
or fifths (which I did) or to take a leading tone home in- 
appropriately (which I hope I didn't)." Virginia Chamb- 
lin Greene '55, a chemistry Ph.D. who now builds harpsi- 
chords, remembers Miss Umbreit's course as the most 
useful and interesting class she has ever had. The names 
of Mr. Gilpin, Miss Marik, Mr. Bricken occur frequently 
in student recollections. 

Another recollection that comes almost invariably and 
with some lingering resentment was the problem of per- 
formance for the music student. Who else in the College 
(other than music, dance and theatre majors) must face 
not only comprehensives but also a senior recital? What 
other major field necessitates the day-in, day-out, week- 
in and weekends, too, discipline that performance re- 
quires? Susan Verbridge '76 summed it up: "There is no 
way to fake it in performance as compared with cram- 
ming for exams and writing a paper the night before it 
is due. Day-to-day practice is the only possible way." 

And what does the Sweet Briar musician do today 
after that sort of program? Many who have no for- 
mal employment in music value it as the best sort of col- 
lege program. Edie Page Gill Breakell '45 wrote: "I am 
now, and have been for six years, playing in a piano 
group of twelve people. We do duo and some solo work. 
This provides a lot of pleasures as well as the incentive 
to practice and keep the fingers nimble." Gertrude Dally 
Massie '22 still studies with Bruce Simonds. May Belle 
Scott Rauch '62 feels "to have been a music major has 
turned out to be one of the luckiest things I've ever done. 




To be able to return to something as intellectually chal- 
lenging and as enjoyable as the piano has been a real 
treat." 

The benefit of their music training to their children is 
important to many. Laura Lee Grogan Crane '47 is able 
to talk with her son, who is beginning his concert career. 
Cornelia Loy Matson '58 finds her greatest pleasure to be 
"seeing my children eagerly absorb my interest and take 
it to more proficient levels." Maria Burroughs Livings- 
ton '40 writes: "All four of my children are extremely 
musical, playing various instruments (some by ear, some 
by diligence) Sweet Briar has helped my career with 
them tremendously." 

Among many who use their musical training for the 
community are Hedy Edwards Davenport '45, who is on 
the board of the Chattanooga Symphony, and Martha 
Rowan Hyder '48, who is associated with the Van 
Cliburn competition. Ruth Garrett Preucel '49 has been 
in charge of the concerts at the Pennsylvania Academy of 
Fine Arts and for twenty years secretary of the Board of 
Trustees at the New School of Music. 

Quite expectedly, there are many teachers among 
Sweet Briar musicians. Among those who have started 
with a few pupils and thereafter formed piano studios 
are Janice Fitzgerald Wellons '43, Anne Hill Edwards 
'46, Joan Teetor Saxe '50, Sally Ann Twedell Bagley '67; 
Judith Greer Schulz '61 teaches at Lynchburg College. 
Jeanne Mclntyre Porter '73 teaches at the Greenwich 
Academy, Lucy Dennington '73 teaches elementary 
music. And they like it. Janice Wellons wrote: "I taught 
first at St. Mary's College and then stopped while the 
children were young. When I started back I found a 
whole new life opening for me. Where I had been teach- 
ing college students, I now had young beginners and 
early advanced students. After twenty years I still find it 
as exciting and rewarding as ever." 

Some combine teaching with church choir work: 
Kathryn Drumheller Pixley '63, Sister Jeannette Pills- 
bury '72, Ann Royce Moore '68, Helen Grae/f Ellerman 
'46. The latter writes: "I was frustrated when I finished 
Sweet Briar because I knew a lot but had very few practi- 
cal skills in my field. My graduate degree at Union 
Theological Seminary gave me those skills, and I look on 
the combination of schools as the best possible. My situa- 
tion here is unique: The congregation is appreciative, 
the choirs are responsive, the organ is good. My husband 
is a harpsichordist. At home where he teaches piano we 
have two pianos, a virginal, a clavichord, a one-manual 
Neupert harpsichord, and a two-manual one. Our other 
concert grand harpsichord is in the choir room at the 
church because we have no room for it at home. Life is a 
process of continuing education . . . such as embarking 
on a music camp experience for forty third-through-sixth 
graders for a week. It is really great to be doing what you 
can do ... to enjoy it . . . and to earn your living doing 
it." 



Top to bottom, photos at left: Anne Hill Edwards '46 and one of 
her pupils. Melody Nichols; Jean Teetor Saxe '50 and her sixth 
grader pupil, Kathv Mitchell; Jeanne Mclntyre Porter '73; and 
Helen Graeff Ellerman '46, directing a bell-ringing ensemble. 



There are many performers in the group, and some 
of them combine it with teaching: Elizabeth 
Gawthrop Riely '67, Lynne Gardner Miller '68, Margot 
LaRoque Lowrey '52, Barbara Darn all Clinton '56. Some 
have combined music with the theater: Glory Sims 
McRae '67 works professionally in stock theaters and 
receives glowing reviews. Jessie Christie Cruger '62 works 
at the Empire Theater, in addition to writing songs for 
recording. Teaching combines with accompanying for 
Julia Hunt Nave '63 and Diana Martin '75. 

And what other doors are open to Sweet Briar musi- 
cians aside from the traditional ones of teaching and 
performing? Lots of interesting ones, from our conver- 
sations. 

Mary Pease Fleming '51 accompanies dance classes 
at Dance, Ltd., and the Richmond Academy of Ballet. 
She wrote: "Pluses for the job are the pleasure of block- 
ing out time to play, the growth of musical skills such as 
sight-reading, phrasing, expanded repertoire, and con- 
tact with the young people who are interested in dance." 

Carolyn Ivey '77 and Martha Frye Nye '48 work in 
music therapy. Martha's title is Social Service Designer 
at a nursing home. She wrote: "Thursday afternoon is 
our usual sing-a-long and I've learned some hymns you'd 
never hear in an Episcopal or Lutheran church. Volun- 
teers come in to entertain the residents . . . guitar, banjo, 
and one woman who plays the saw with a violin bow . . . 
really a beautiful sound." 

Jane Illingworth Pierce '69 was employed as cataloger 
in the Yale Music Library until the birth of her son. 
Deciding to stay home and give piano lessons, she com- 
bines this with the job of factotum to Ralph Kirkpatrick, 
the Scarlatti authority. "It's very demanding work re- 
quiring reading and writing in French. German, Italian, 
as well as sightreading at the harpsichord. It's a chal- 
lenge, and he's good to work for." 

Linda Reynolds '66 works for the Executive Secretary 
of the Kennedy Center in Washington and loves the con- 
tacts she's made with the Center's performing artists. 

Ann Young Bloom '59 works with the Philadelphia 
Orchestra: "I have the job of coordinating the three 
series of concerts for students given annually by the 
orchestra and running the student auditions. I also 
handle group promotions. At one point I did all the ad- 
vertising and editing of the orchestra's material to all 
the tour cities. I finally woke up one day and decided to 
go back to my sanity and my 'kitty concerts'. When busy, 
I am in every day. When not, I'm not!" 

Nancy Powell French '62 is publishing music: "To 
take a tune out of mid-air and set it in harmony so that 
it can be sung with an accompaniment is the most won- 
derful and creative use of notation I've found so far." 

To return to our first question: four years of music, 
and then what? Why, then, most of us go right on in 
music taking what we learned and adding to it year by 
year. Once "caught," caught for a life-time. 



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Top to bottom, photos at right: Betsy Bagley, daughter of Sally 
Tweedell Bagley '67, shown in earlier Alumnae Magazine photo 
on the right; Diana Martin '75; Jane Illingworth Pierce '69; 
Mary Pease Fleming '51 and a budding ballerina. 





Here we go again. All of 
these treasures were taken 
from our archives of the 
Fifties but there our knowl- 
edge ends. We shall wel- 
come your identifications 
of people, time and occasion 
— and enjoy even more the 
controversy certain to follow 



See Anybody You Know? 




NOTICE TO GROUPS 
OF ALUMNAE — CLUBS 
OR OTHERWISE: 



If you are looking for a different program 
this year, one which might appeal to a broader 
group than the regulars, why not invite some- 
one from the College? There are several types 
of programs available for consideration: 

President Whiteman, Dean Patt, Ann Mor- 
rison Reams, Director of the Alumnae Asso- 
ciation, and other administrators welcome 
invitations to talk about almost any topic 
pertaining to Sweet Briar. 

The Traveling Faculty program includes 
lectures on a variety of subjects as well as 
piano or choral concerts. During the course 
of the year, many faculty members attend 
professional meetings which are held in all 
areas of the country, and frequently can 
arrange to stop off for a meeting with alum- 
nae. Some might be available for Sweet Briar 
Day in December. The Modern Language 
Association and the American Philological 
Association usually meet in a metropolitan 
area during that week, and someone from 
the College usually attends. Dr. Gerald Berg. 
Ass't Prof, of History, will be in San Francisco 
Dec. 27-30. Dr. Michael Richards, Assoc. 
Prof, of History, will be in Omaha on Thurs- 
day, Oct. 12, and will consider a stop-off in 
St. Louis or Chicago. If you are interested, 
write in the fall for additional possibilities. 




One of the newest and most interesting 
programs is in conjunction with a grant from 
the National Endowment for the Humanities 
to develop and support interdisciplinary pro- 
grams in the humanities. One of several 
professors can present a demonstration lec- 
ture, usually with slides, on such topics as a 
special aspect of European Civilization, Asian 
Studies or Environmental Studies. 

Drs. Richards and Lee Peipho, Assoc. Prof, 
of English, have developed a correspondence 
course which some groups will find interest- 
ing. It is made up of one lecture delivered 
in person, a reading list and guides for 
additional discussions. 

A request to the Alumnae Office will bring 
you detailed information about any of the 
above. 



Alumnae 
Notices 



In Memoriam 

Katharyn Norris Kelley '26 (Mrs. Stillman 
F„ II) died Sunday, May 14, 1978, at "Har- 
dendale," her home in Ivy, VA. She is survived 
by her husband, Stillman Frances Kelley II; 
three daughters, Priscilla K. Sadler (Mrs. John 
M.) of Massapequa, N.Y.; Miss Meta Kelley 
of Ivy; and Miss Edith K. Kelley of Atlanta, 
Ga.; one son, Stillman Randolph Kelley, 
of Sanford, Fla; and four grandchildren. 

"Kay" was the first Executive Secretary of 
the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association. Begin- 
ning as part-time Secretary in 1926, she 
assumed the job full-time the following year 
and continued in office until 1929. She was 
greatly admired and beloved by alumnae, 
faculty and staff. 

The Alumnae Association extends deepest 
sympathy to her family. 



Recent Deaths 

Mrs. Theodore Reeves (Dorothy Thompson 

'14) no date 
Miss Henrietta Anderson '19 May 3, 1978 
Mrs. Melvin R. Coleman (Mary Johns '20) 

no date 
Mrs. Pierre F. Hill (Juliet Selby '25) April 29, 

1978 
Mrs. John W. Franklin (Ruth Taylor '25) 

March 1976 
Mrs. Robert A. Murphey (Margaret Eaton 

'27) no date 
Miss Lois Ritchie '28 no date 
Miss Mary R. Buick '33 September 5, 1977 
Mrs. Edwin Shuffle, Jr. (Virginia Bobbin '35) 

April 29, 1978 
Mrs. Leslie E. Antonius (Jean Bird '36) no 

date 
Mrs. W. Howard Palmer (Margaret Hite '37) 

no date 
Mrs. W. C. Stevens, Jr. (Sara Oberlin '55) no 

date 
Mrs. Pamela H. Oberlander (Pamela Henry 

'59 April 10, 1978 
Miss Susan Gibaud '65 December 1977 
Mrs. Mel Farrar (Effie Whitten AC) Decem- 
ber 23. 1976 
Mrs. Con T Ball (Con Thompson '29) June 

1978 
Miss Catherine Coleman '42 July 4, 1978 
Mrs. James A. McNaughton (Jane Hamilton 

'42). December 6, 1977 
Mrs. Willard Bunn, III (Mary Ann Swaney 

'66) June 1978 



Alumnae Nominations 



For Executive Board of the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Association 

The Nominating Committee of the Alum- 
nae Association submits the following slate 
of well-qualified alumnae to serve in the 
following positions on the Executive Board: 
Secretary: Tabb Thornton Farinholt '59, 

Ware Neck, Va. 
Alumnae Representative Chairman: Elizabeth 

Trueheart Harris '49, Richmond, Va. 
Continuing Education Chairman: Elizabeth 

McGuire Appel '64, Winston-Salem, N.C. 
National Bulb Chairman: Gwen Speel Kap- 
lan '60, Wilton, Conn. 
Regional Chairmen: 

I. Mary Ann Mellen Root '53, Wilton. 
Conn. 

V. Pamela Burwell Benton '68, Savannah, 
Ga. 

In accordance with Article X, Section 2d of 
the Constitution of the Alumnae Association, 
additional names for nominees for the Execu- 
tive Board may be added to the ballot if sent 
to the Director of the Alumnae Association 
accompanied by fifteen signatures of mem- 
bers of the Association, and written consent 
of the nominees, within two weeks after the 
slate is published. If no additional nomina- 
tions are made, the Director of the Alumnae 
Association is instructed to cast a ballot to 
elect the above slate. 



In accordance with the constitution of the 
Alumnae Association, the Executive Board 
has selected Alice Cary Farmer Brown '59 of 
Harrods Creek, KY, as the candidate for the 
Board of Overseers of Sweet Briar College. 
Her name was published in the Winter 1977- 
78 issue of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Maga- 
zine. It was the privilege of the members to 
add names to the proposed slate, under con- 
ditions set forth in the constitution, by March 
21, 1978. Since no names were sent to the 
office of the Director of the Alumnae Associa- 
tion by that Date, this ballot is presented. 



SWEET BRIAR ALUMNAE 
ASSOCIATION OFFICIAL BALLOT 



I vote for the candidate named for alumna 
member of the Board of Overseers. 



Signed 



Return to: Alumnae Office, Sweet Briar, Va. 
24595 



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Academy and Specials 



Helen Browne Hobart is still the farmer and 
compulsive tree planter. Last year she received 
a bronze award for forestry in Central Wiscon- 
sin from the Good Soil and Water Use con- 
servation group. 

Eleanor Furman Hudgens, now living in a 
residential hotel in Greenville, SC, attended 
the SBC Commencement in 1977. when her 
niece, Elizabeth Conway, graduated. 

Juliette Kirker Gregg writes from Hacken- 
sack, NJ, that she has two married grandsons 
and two great-grandchildren, Lynn Elliott (3) 
and Mark Elliott (9 mos), living in Virginia 
Beach. 

Jessie Dixon Sayler sees Bessie Wheless 
Mercer and Florence Cann Seaman often. She 
points out that she spent two happy years at 
Sweet Briar and that her daughters-in-law, 
Betsy Miller Sayler '55 and Wyline Chapman 
Sayler '45, are both Briarites. 

Carina Eaglesfield Milligan, a widow since 
1959, continues her practice of architecture in 
New Canaan, CT. In addition to her 
profession and constant travels abroad, she 
engages in work in her gardens and activities 
with the Garden Club, country club, etc. 

We are sorry to learn that Georgena Sellar 
Erck, who lives in a nursing home in Florida is 
now blind. 

Jean Harris, who lives in Camelot Hall Nur- 
sing Home, Harrisonburg, VA, suffered a 
stroke in 1976 but is able to talk and walk with 
assistance. She enjoys news from Sweet Briar. 
Julia Cleland, a retired kindergarten teacher, 
is a very sick patient in another Camelot Hall 
Nursing Home, this one in Lynchburg, VA. 
She also is mentally alert, but cannot walk. 

Eudalia White Lohrke has just returned to 
New Jersey after a visit to her son and his 
family in Santa Barbara, CA. While there she 
welcomed her first great-grandchild. She is 
still on the Board of the House of the Good 
Shepherd and enjoys bridge, music, and 
growing and arranging garden flowers. 

We are sorry to report that Flora Davisson 
Ward's husband died March 26, 1978. 

Fanita Ferris Welch lives in a cottage at the 
Presbyterian Home, Evanston, IL, where she 
enjoys many friends from Winnetka days. She 
went to Switzerland and the Italian Lakes last 
fall and to Florida last winter. She has two 
married daughters and four grandchildren. 

Josephine Johnson Smith's granddaughter 
Kathy Arnold '64 was married in April, 1977. 

Anna Barley Baldwin and husband W. 
Frazier celebrated their 64th wedding an- 
niversary on April 15. They enjoy living in 
Penick Home, the Episcopal Home for the 
Aging in Southern Pines, NC. 

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Nannie Claibourne Hudson, Amherst, VA, 
had a difficult year, losing her husband in 
December and undergoing a gall bladder 
operation herself. But at age 85 she is not 
giving up! 

Martha Massie, Lynchburg, VA, got a prize 
for best landscape at the Southern States 
Association; she also does portraits. She is 
able to assist three helpless friends and enjoys 
having her great nephew stay with her during 
his vacations. 

Olive Cole Hogan, who lives in a lovely 
retirement home in Canton, OH, has grand- 
children and six great-grandchildren. 

Eleanor Stone Gates, a widow since late 
1974, went to Ireland with the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Association in 1975 and to Copen- 
hagen this spring, and she takes winter 
trips each year. She also serves as president of 
the Friends of the Library in Mt. Dora, FL. 

Elizabeth P. Cocke lives in an apartment in 
Richmond, VA, with many friends nearby. 
She enjoys watching her six great-grand 
nephews and nieces grow. She loves to travel 
and in the spring of 1977 made a trip to Egypt. 

Louisa Hubbard Smith was thrilled to see 
her granddaughter graduate from Harvard; a 
grandson graduated from Princeton two years 
ago. Now she is back at her home in Amherst 
County — to chop dandelions, she says. 

Elizabeth H. Mills, a Bryn Mawr alumna, is 
now retired and living with her younger sister 
in Oxford, OH. They do volunteer work and 
try to travel some during the winters. 

Katherine Page writes that she is still living 
in Berryville, VA, and enjoying the Sweet 
Briar publications. 

Though she was at Sweet Briar a very short 
time, Ellis Meredith is still interested in the 
College. She is retired from teaching English 
and math in the Cincinnati Public Schools. 

Virginia Hatch Chase spent most of the past 
year in the hospital and has done even more 
reading than usual — especially re-reading old 
favorites. Her current interest in Arabs 
prompts her to recommend Feuchwanger's 
Raquel, about 12th century Spain. 

Jessie Darden Christian and her husband 
celebrated their 60th anniversary this year. 
She says that their two children and eight 
grandchildren are a central part of their lives, 
and she is especially pleased to have a grand- 
daughter, Antoinette Christian, who is a 1978 
Sweet Briar graduate. 

Bess Kell Blair, now 84, lives with her sister, 
89, in their family home in Wichita Falls, TX. 
She has two children: a daughter in 
Washington, at Dunbarton Oaks, and a son in 
California with three daughters and four 



grandchildren — Bess' great-grandchildren. 
She drives a car, plays bridge, is concerned 
with national issues, and still enjoys life. 

Mary Herd Moore, Sherman, TX, has eight 
great-grandchildren and hopes at least one 
will go to Sweet Briar. Her daughter Betty 
Moore Stowers '38 and her niece Harriet 
Daniel Herd '38 were back at the College for 
Reunion. 

Marjorie Lindsay Coon, Dallas, PA, recalls 
the 1976 SBC graduation, when her daughter 
Lindsay Coon Robinson '49 came back to 
receive her diploma after 27 years. Since her 
oldest daughter Scottie '73 was also present, 
there were three generations of alumnae en- 
joying the occasion. 

Katherine Withers Hamilton, Gloucester, 
VA, thinks maybe she should have attended 
veterinary school, since she has five Irish 
Wolfhounds, two Pekes, and a coon cat. Ex- 
cept for arthritis, she is doing well for 82. 

Katrina Stout Wright, Corsicana, TX, 
recalls her days at Sweet Briar, when Miss 
Benedict was president. Dr. Harley was there, 
and Maude Taylor Robbins was her room- 
mate. 

Edwin Hensel Smith writes from Baltimore 
that they are alive and kicking and doing very 
well. 

Julie Russell Holmes is retired from nursing 
and living in a retirement home in Shelburne, 
VT. She is well and busy with crafts, etc. 

Sarah Smith White, Allentown, PA, spent a 
month and a half in London visiting two of her 
sons, Ralph E. and Palmer J. James. They had 
a family reunion in Gstaad, Switzerland, over 
Christmas week. Sarah is pleased to have her 
youngest son. Dr. E. Anthony James, as 
English professor at Lehigh, and his wife and 
their children living nearby. She fills her days 
interestingly with Church and Historical 
Society activities, bridge and visiting friend 
and relatives — abroad and in the States. 

Clara Belle Baker Backus is 83Vi and is in 
Azalealand Nursing Home in Savannah, GA. 

Helen Link Weidely, Mount Airy, NC, has 
two daughters and six grandchildren; one 
grandson lives with her. Though retired, she 
sometimes substitutes in a local nursery 
school, baby sits, and does hospital auxiliary 
work every week. She enjoys antiques and has 
numerous "collections." Her travel includes 
winters in Florida, a May reunion with old 
friends in Indiana and an August visit in Con- 
necticut with her younger daughter. 

Virginia Connell Bloom writes that her 
husband remains a bed patient in the con- 
valarium in the First Community Village in 
Columbus, OH, where she has an apartment. 
They expect to be great-grandparents in 
August. 

Mary-Martha Armstrong McClary lives in 
the smaller house she had built next to her old 
1810 one when her husband died in 1968. In 
spite of arthritis, she still enjoys living in the 
country and especially likes seeing the horses 
kept in the near-by pasture by her youngest 
daughter and her husband, who live in the old 
house. Mary-Martha was in the Class of 1920 
at Smith College with Carol Rice, retired SBC 
physician. 

Helen R. Duke, who still lives in the same 
house in Charlotte in which she was born, says 
arthritis bothers her a bit, but she tries to 
remember the Cheerful Cherub doggerel : 



Although old age is creeping on. 
To all its troubles I'm resigned. 
I may have rheumatism of the joints 
I won't have rheumatism of the mind! 



1913 



1921 



Secretary 

Sue Hardie Bell (Mrs. William T.). 57 Union 
St., Montclair.NJ 07042 

Dorothy (Doss) Swan Lent and Rude cele- 
brated their 60th wedding last year by sailing 
tor Bermuda. She says she has had to give up 
playing golf (can't walk fast enough) but still 
likes to go to the club and have lunch with 
the girls. She has a two-year-old great-grand- 
daughter. 

Lucile Marshall Boethelt enjoys life in her 
retirement home in Winter Park, FL. Two 
grandchildren are also in the South: a grand- 
daughter, married and living in Atlanta, and 
a grandson at Stetson U. in Deland, FL. Her 
daughters suffered from snow last winter in 
Hartford, CT, and Shaker Heights, OH. 

Florence Coffin Gillem has sold her house 
in Birmingham and gone to live in a residen- 
tial hotel in Greenville. SC. near Florence and 
Jim. grandchildren, and three great-grand- 
children. 

I have been in the hospital two weeks after 
a fall. I am better, but can't sit up much. Best 
of wishes for all of '13! 



1917 



Secretary 

Mary (Polly) Bissel Ridler (Mrs. Earl S.), 2401 
Pennsylvania Ave.. Apt. 402, Wilmington. 
DE 19806 

Fund Agent and Estate Planning Represen- 
tative 
Jane Henderson, Forest, VA 24551 

There are 11 graduates in the class of 1917, 
of whom eight are still living. Five of us at- 
tended our 60th reunion last May. It was 
decided to have no more reunions, but to 
keep in touch through a round-robin letter. 
I started this letter last June, but so far it has 
not come back to me. I have traced it through 
Ruth Mcllravy Logan, but can get no re- 
sponse from the rest of you. Please come 
across and send me your news. 

I do know that Henrietta Crump Harrison 
has moved to a retirement apartment in 
Richmond. Rachel Lloyd Holton sold her 
house this past year and is living in an apart- 
ment in Toledo. Ruth Mcllravy Logan lives 
in a retirement apartment in Oakland. CA. 

(Catherine Browne Camlin was in our class 
only a year. Then she transferred to the U. of 
Wisconsin, where she met William Camlin, 
whom she married. They have three married 
daughters, 10 grandchildren, and one great- 
grandson. 

Margaret Gibson Bowman lives in a retire- 
ment hotel in Bridgeport, CT. She spends two 
months each winter in Bermuda and ten 
weeks in the summer in Maine. 

Earl and I have just returned from three 
weeks in the South — two in Mississippi, near 
Biloxi. where I had hoped to make contact 
with Genie Steele Hardy in Columbus, but 
did not have a chance as we were with friends. 
We went on to Florida to visit our son Tom 
and family for another week. As octogenarians 
we both are doing fairly well. 



Secretary 

Gertrude Pauly Crawford (Mrs. Robert W.) 

839 Cook Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods. Ml 

48236 

Fund Agent 

Edith Durrell Marshall (Mrs. Edward C), 

5733 Kugler Mill Rd., Apt. A, Indian Creek 

Village, Cincinnati. OH 45236 



Gertrude Anderson likes winter, but with 
68 inches of snow and staying busy shovel- 
ling since December, she thinks this is just 
too much. "I'll be looking forward to hearing 
how the rest of our class spent the winter." 

Ruth Geer Boice finally vacated an old 
home of 65 years in June. She is now enjoy- 
ing retirement living in very comfortable 
surroundings — no house worries! 

Ruth Simpson Carrington has been at 
Sea View. Bal Harbour. FL, since mid-Decem- 
ber enjoying old friends. 

Nellie McCaa Cole had a wonderful six 
weeks visit last summer at home in Virginia 
Beach. There she met her first great-grand- 
child. She still lives in Shreveport, LA, with 
her son and is looking forward to a visit in 
April from her sister Mary and her grand- 
son, his wife and baby. 

Florence Ives Hathaway and Lloyd are in 
good health. They spend their time in Mas- 
sachusetts and Maine in the summer and 
go to Florida in November to spend the winter 
at Port Charlotte. This winter they enjoyed 
a cruise to Jamaica. Haiti and the Dominican 
Republic. Florence took a course on Florida 
birds and found it a real pleasure. 

Francese Evans Ives is busy with church 
work and continues to be active in the 
A.A.U.W.. attending international relations 
and drama study groups. She does some writ- 
ing as a member of two literary organiza- 
tions. Concerts, theatre and museum exhibi- 
tions continue to be part of her happy life. 
Her chief joy lies in the fact that her daughter 
Jo lives close by and her son and his young 
family nearby, having returned to New Jersey 
after spending several hectic years in Beirut 
and Saudi Arabia. Francese spends every 
summer with her daughter vacationing in 
Long Island. 

Edith Durrell Marshall spent Christmas 
with her daughter Ann in Alexandria. Her 
summers are spent at her home on Lake 
Leelanaro, MI. This winter she spent some 
time in Florida, with a short stay at the Gulf 
Stream Hotel in Lake Worth, where I had 
a nice visit with her. Then she went on to 
Naples to visit with an old friend. While there 
she saw Gertrude Dally Massie. Eleanor 
Horned Arp and Dody Von Maur Crampton. 
They all had a great time. 

Lette McLemore Matthews is on the go all 
the time — plays bridge and mah-jongg. en- 
joys two garden clubs and does church work. 
She just returned from a week-end at the 
Chamberlain Hotel. Fort Monroe. With six 
widows she plans to go to New York in April 
on a museum package deal. Lette Shonp 
Dixon got back home from a two-month 
stay with her sister in Albany. GA. where she 
was wined and dined, served by a butler and 
a maid. She says she was "spoiled rotten." 

Hildegard Flanner Monhoff was busy 
working on her contribution to The Unknown 
Paintings of Kay Nielsen, with elegy or pre- 



face by Hildegard. (Ballentine Book, Peacock 
Press) 

Madelon Shidler Olney and Elliott spent 
Christmas in Moorestown, NJ, to be with 
Lynn, their daughter, and her family. From 
New Jersey they drove to Marco Island in 
Florida, where they stayed until April. 

Dorothy Job Robinson sends greetings. 
She had the misfortune of a broken hip and 
spent some months using a walker. Her sister 
Elizabeth visited her. Dotty plans a P and O 
Cruise to New Orleans sometime this year. 

Ophelia Short Seward had hoped to go to 
S.B. for the dedication of the Carillon but 
couldn't make it. Her granddaughter Kathrvn 
VickisattheU.ofN.C. 

Maynette Rozelle Stephenson's daughter 
Betsy Bachman wrote from Irvine, CA. that 
Maynette is doing just fine with the exception 
of recovering from recent knee surgery to 
relieve her rheumatic arthritis. She is present- 
ly in a convalescent hospital but mail will 
reach her in care of Betsy, 12 Butterfield. 
Irving, CA 92714. 

Marion Shafer Wadhams has just re- 
turned from a delightful cruise through the 
Panama Canal. She says. "Read The Path 
Between Two Seas by McCullough if you are 
confused about our future." 

Elizabeth Claxton Lewis writes that she still 
remembers her year at Sweet Briar as one of 
the best. 

It was such fun hearing from you. I am 
very well, enjoying summers in Wisconsin 
and winters in Florida. In the spring and 
fall I enjoy my daughter and her family here 
in Grosse Pointe. 



1925 



Secretary 

Cordelia Kirkendall Barricks (Mrs. Arthur 
A.), 100 Bay Place, Apt. 2101. Oakland. CA 
94610 

You will see that I have moved after 35 
years in a beloved old home. It was too large 
and too much responsibility for me alone and 
in a deteriorating neighborhood. Two young 
men bought it and love it and are keeping the 
home and garden up beautifully. I am happy 
in my new locale, an Episcopal Retirement 
home. I have a gorgeous view of Lake Merritt. 
the Bay Bridge, Mt. Tamalpais and the Berk- 
ley Hills. Ruth Taylor Franklin has also 
moved in Pittsburgh. Hope, Ruth, you'll enjoy 
health and happiness in your new abode. 

Time marches on. Two of us have become 
great grandmothers: Woodisfi'nc/i Hudson 
and Margaret Hogue Pfautz for the second 
time. Congratulations to both. Margaret had 
plans for a trip this year to Athens and Cairo, 
where she will visit her second son. who is 
Defense Attache in Cairo. She said Jim would 
enjoy seeing any of his mother's classmates. 
Woodis and her husband had planned a three- 
week trip to Switzerland last September, but 
unfortunately Ted became ill. Hope all is 
well now. 

Virginia Burke Miller and James cele- 
brated their Golden anniversary in December 
1976 in Ft. Myer Beach. FL. at the home of 
their daughter-in law's mother. Their son 

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David and his wife Anne and five children 
were there as well as another son, James K. 
Miller. Ill, and his wife Alma. This must 
have been a very happy occasion. 

Giddy Kinsley Whitehead urged me to 
visit her in Amherst in apple blossom time. 
I wish I could do it but have to recover from 
taxes and buying into St. Paul's Towers. How 
about it in 1980. when I hope to attend our 
55th reunion? We hope 1978 will be a better 
year for Giddy. She has such concern for 
her son who in 1977 was in and out of the 
hospital all year and as of December is an out 
patient in four clinics. Giddy herself caught 
her heel in a rug while carrying a log and was 
thrown into an open fire but miraculously 
escaped serious burns and has fully recovered. 
She was so proud that the Amherst alumnae 
gave S 1.000.00 to S.B.C. They raised this by 
having a house tour each spring. Amherst 
girls can no longer go to S.B.C. tuition free, 
because of the too great expense to the college. 

Louise Wolf Arnold still summers in 
their beautiful large old home in Nantucket 
and winters in Palm Beach. She has become 
quite an artist. Last summer she sold four 
pictures and had two commissions. Her son 
Fritz from Mallorca was living in a studio on 
the waterfront in Nantucket. Bob. Jr., and 
wife and four children live in Nantucket all 
winter. Mollie, her daughter, lives on Long 
Island and has a passion for riding and jump- 
ing. 

Romayne Schooler Ferenbach is still in her 
apartment in New York, but not able to travel 
as much as formerly, because of arthritis . . 
She isn't quite ready to move into a retire- 
ment home, but is interested enough in one 
in Princeton. NJ. to have made a down pay- 
ment. 

Ruth McILravy Logan '17 and I went on 
a very rainy day, to the Sweet Briar Day 
meeting at the home of Patty Sykes Treadwell 
'58 in Ross. We couldn't complain of the 
rain, which was so badly needed then. There 
were 12 in attendance in Patty's hospitable 
home. We had a great discussion, and it was 
wonderful to have Lee Carollo. a senior at 
S.B.C. — so knowledgeable. Ruth is consider- 
ing moving into a retirement home when her 
lease is up in July on her beautiful apartment 
on Lake Merritt. I can recommend the Towers 
highly. It is an old folks' home in age, but not 
in spirit. I have never been as social. 

I am planning to go to my oldest grand- 
daughter's wedding in June in Oak Harbor. 
WA. She has chosen to be married at her 
fiance's home so as to have a garden wedding 
by the ocean. Lana is a speech pathologist 
in the Yakima, WA, school system, and her 
fiance is in the field of special education in 
Yakima. Brenda, Lana's younger sister, who 
was with me for a year, will be her sister's 
maid of honor. Brenda didn't get a job as 
flight attendant so has settled for beauty 
work. She plans on being married October 7 
to a Kennewick young man. I am looking 
forward to meeting these two fine young men. 

I weigh what I weighed in college, to my 
delight, but I'm afraid I can't keep it off 
with all the food and parties and no up-and- 
down stairs exercise at the Towers. The 
pounds came off because of hard work in 
moving and the mental work of settling 
Arthur's estate. I also had great concern for 
Fred, my bachelor son, because of his serious 
condition following two major operations 
within a week. I had just moved and was not 
settled but went 15 miles daily for three weeks 
to see him. All of these problems have now 

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been resolved, and I am grateful. Fred is fine 
once again. 

Freddie Bernhard and Hellen Mowry Fell, 
class of 1924, and I try to get together once 
a month, but lately that hasn't been possible. 
We are all saddened by Hellen's husband's 
long illness which ended in death. Freddie 
had illness in her family and had to travel 
to them. I did manage to have them to lunch 
in February and to see my new home. 

Gertrude McGiffert MacLennan writes 
that their 50th wedding anniversary last 
August, followed by a trip to the Orient, was 
a great success. She has had one cataract 
operation and was awaiting the second. She 
studied Braille, but now won't need it. She 
does enjoy the talking books. 

I know how proud all of you are that 93% 
of our class gave to the 75th anniversary and 
were recorded on the Honor Roll of Donors. 
I wish 93% of you would write to me your 
tid-bits for our column, which appears only 
once a year. 



1929 



Secretary 

Mary Archer Bean Eppes (Mrs. James V.). 
447 Heckewelder Place. Bethlehem, PA 18018 
Fund Agent 

Sara Callison Jamison (Mrs. John R.), 616 
Ridgewood Drive, West Lafayette. IN 47906 

In February Jimmy and I spent a snowy 
weekend at Old Joy Farm, South Berwick, 
ME. with Carolyn Martindale Blouin '30 and 
her husband Maury. She said her class was 
already working on 50th reunion plans. They 
have kept up with Flo Brown Elton, who 
spent Thanksgiving with them. After years 
of living in Massachusetts Flo has returned to 
her old home in Charleston, WV. 

Sally Callison and her husband Jamie did 
not go down to San Marco Island for their 
usual winter of Florida golf since Jamie had a 
heart attack and was in the Lafayette hospital 
for six weeks. He now has a pacemaker and 
Sally says her friends have been wonderful 
about writing or stopping to see them. Jessie 
Exley Wooten's husband Henry is now blind. 
They still keep their Lancaster County home 
for weekends. Henry attends a center for 
the blind every Monday through Friday morn- 
ing where he is learning woodworking and 
various other crafts. He is even teaching some 
of the newer students. Their Richmond ad- 
dress is: 1713 Bellevue Avenue, Apartment 
C-924. Richmond, VA 23227. 

Ruth Meredith Ferguson Smythe. her 
husband Fred and Polly McDiarmid Serodino 
spent mid-winter vacations in Sarasota. FL. 
Belle Brockenbrough Hutchins and her hus- 
band John took a cruise last fall to Alaska, 
Japan. Hong Kong, and Singapore and were 
on the first cruise ship to China. She writes, 
"Shanghai was clean, though unpainted. and 
its people very smiling and friendly. Our 
China visit was a memorable experience." 
Sally expects them to stop over in May on their 
return from Del Ray, FL. 

Helen Bryan Yankee has a new great- 
grandchild. Her daughter-in-law Susan 
Tucker Yankee '50 is the grandmother. 



Helen's husband died in 1975 after retiring 
as president of Darlington School. 

Janet Bruce Bailey writes that she and Lin 
"still enjoy our two homes. St. Thomas in 
the winter and Chadd's Ford, PA, in the sum- 
mer. Both of our families visit us at times, 
especially at St. Thomas." Milo Bales Craw- 
ford returned to her home at West Booth - 
bay, ME, after a winter in Costa Rica and 
Guatemala. She found the harsh Maine winter 
had caused floods in her basement, which 
damaged her furnace. She wrote, "Under- 
stand Floridians took off for Costa Rica to 
get warm; 70 degrees year 'round is most in- 
viting. Inflation has hit Central America, so 
will stay in U.S. over summer." Ella Parr 
Phillips Slate and Sam spent part of the 
winter in Charlestown. SC, where her sister 
lives in one of the historic houses. She was not 
looking forward to being snowed in on their 
return to Sherman, CT, after such a pleasant 
southern vacation. 

Katharine Whaley Willey reports that for 
the past twenty-five years, "I have lived in 
Cambridge. MA. with my husband Gordon 
R. who is a professor of Archaeology at Har- 
vard University. Our two daughters are mar- 
ried and live away from Cambridge. We have 
three grandchildren, two boys and a girl." 
Margaret Cucullu Thouron wrote Sally that 
she is still doing real estate and looks forward 
with horror to the day when. "I may no 
longer be sprinting through houses and 
surveying acres." She has eight grandchildren 
"all delightful, really smart!" She recently 
earned fifteen credits from the U. of Delaware 
in Art History and is taking a course in five 
centuries of fashion. "1 can't remember our 
Sweet Briar costumes but I am sure there 
wasn't a blue jean in the lot!" Louise Dailey 
Sturhahn has moved but is still in Sarasota. 
FL. Mildred Bronaugh Taylor and husband 
John moved to Richmond, VA, early in 
January. In April she suffered a cerebral 
hemorrhage and her condition is stable. 

We were in Maine less than a week lastsum- 
mer but managed to catch up with Libber 
Lankford Miles. She invited us to lunch at 
their delightful retirement home in South 
Thomaston. Johnnie was consulting on a 
nearby island about the possibility of using 
water power to generate electricity. We were 
sorry not to see him. Lucille Burks Hopkins 
says she is a housewife doing hospital and 
church work. Jane Wilkinson Banyard wrote 
that her eldest son. Frederick, better known 
as "Skip," his wife Doris and their three 
children are moving from Pittsburgh to Beth- 
lehem. He is the new senior vice-president 
of our largest bank. We look forward to the 
time when they can move into the house they 
are building. We hope Jane will come to visit 
them, as well as us. She still has her part- 
time job in H.A.E. Smith's in Pembroke, 
Bermuda. Isabelle North Goodwin wrote that 
her husband Tom died in March a year ago. 
He had retired from Surgery after heart 
attacks in 1968. They sold their house and 
settled in a condominium near one son. Two 
other sons and their families live in Augusta, 
and Tom Jr. and his family live in Atlanta. 

Anne Gochnauer writes, "I keep busy with 
my Antique Shop, the Golden Horseshoe, 
where I have authentic antique furniture 
and accessories — both American and English 
— also have a house to run and a garden to 
work in — so I am never idle." She, Margaret 
Green. Margaret Moncure Johnson and Maria 
Bemiss Hoar went up to Squam Lake in 
New Hampshire to help Nora Lee Antrim and 



her family celebrate fifty years as summer 
residents on the lake. Maria told me that 
Elizabeth Lee Valentine Goodwyn came from 
Chevy Chase and they played bridge at 
Nora Lee's. They decided it was an historic 
occasion! 

Maria spent Christmas in Charlotte with her 
daughter Cathy and her namesake grand- 
daughter. She then had a grim winter, having 
a total left hip replacement and two weeks 
later the same operation on her right hip! 
When we saw her in early April she was navi- 
gating successfully with a cane. Last fall 
she attended a reception at William and 
Mary College in Williamsburg honoring her 
husband Henry for his great services in the 
special collections division of the Swem Li- 
brary. A fund given in his memory will be 
used to buy items for the library's manuscript 
collection. Maria now lives in Richmond, VA. 

Adelaide Henderson Cabaniss' daughter 
Eve and her husband, the Rev. Raymond 
Webster, find living in New York with a five 
year old son a challenge indeed! They are 
adjusting wonderfully to their life at St. James 
Episcopal Church where Eve's husband is the 
"second in command." 

Last summer two of Jimmy's English 
cousins, girls of 13 and 16, visited us. Our son 
Bennett, his wife Cynthia and their three 
daughters, 15. 11 and 8, joined us in Bethle- 
hem at that time; so we had several nice 
family reunions, which also included my sister 
Helen Bean Emery '34 and her family. These 
English cousins led us a merry chase with 
mountain climbing, cavern exploration, 
amusement parks, etc.! 

In April we stopped to see Katy and Nancy 
Coe in their Englewood apartment. Katy 
has been ill and Nancy has been taking good 
care of her. They both looked fine, but Katy 
is very weak and is still taking chemotherapy. 
We were impressed by their indomitable 
spirit. We spent Easter weekend in the pour- 
ing rain at Farmington. Nancy Butzner 
Leavell '34 made our reservations. Thirty 
members of Jimmy's class at U.Va. gathered 
for their 50th reunion at the Boar's Head Inn. 
Many wives came along. We especially en- 
joyed seeing so many friends at the lovely 
reception given by the president, Frank Here- 
ford, and his charming wife, Anne, who also 
went to Sweet Briar. After an extensive bus 
tour of the greatly expanded University, we 
attended dinner at the Boar's Head Inn, where 
each member of the class present was wel- 
comed into membership in the Thomas Jef- 
ferson Society. 

Don't forget Gert Prior's plea about estate 
planning. Also, in line with Sally's request, 
let's make a superhuman effort to be present 
at our 50th reunion next Mav! 



1933 



Secretary 

Mary-Paulding Murdoch Martin (Mrs. Hugh 
M.). 1420 Park Ave.. Baltimore, MD 21217 
Fund Agent 

Ella Jesse Latham (Mrs. Robert E.), 3601 N. 
Glebe Rd.. Arlington. VA 22207 

After the reunion come-hither letter, a 
windfall fell to my lot. The response dazzled 



me, but corrections are solicited. By hand 
count, our children average three; Izzy Neer 
Sample appears to have the most — five — with 
four daughters to Maggie Austin Johnson. 
Peggy Way/and Taylor and the Neville sisters 
have 93 or 94-year-old mothers. Our class 
has traveled everywhere and still does, save 
for Fran Powell Zoppa and me, the step- 
sitters. For some pattern, I've lined us by 
states. 

California: Emmy Lou Haller Fullerton 
has covered New Zealand. Europe, etc., and 
now lives in a busy retirement community. 
Rossmoor. Eleanor Hudgins Keith, Coro- 
nado, spent four weeks in Virginia and shared 
in her husband's 50th reunion at the Naval 
Academy, Annapolis, MD. Their two sons are 
in McLean. VA: Taylor, Jr., is a captain in 
the USN and Langhorne is a lawyer in D.C. 
Connecticut: Mary Kate Patton Bromfield 
holds a great job as Alumnae-Development 
Secretary. Kingswood-Oxford School, West 
Hartford. Florida: Babe Barber Wilson, our 
45th reunion president, has built a new house 
in Stuart. Marjorie Ris Hand, who took the 
S.B. Russia tour, will move to Naples this fall. 
Betty W. Poppell has retired to Gainesville. 
Hawaii: Our only resident (?). Marge Guhel- 
man Hastert, does batik-dying and quilting 
and has been twice to S. Africa, among other 
jaunts. Louisiana: Sue Graves Stubbs was 
placed on the National Honor Roll. Nat. Soc. 
Colonial Dames. She has three fabulous 
granddaughters. Sue, III. with national tennis 
rating. Maryland: Charlene Lathrop White 
lives at "Waverly." Easton, does needlepoint 
design, and will visit India and Sri Lanka. 
Jacqueline Billard attended the dedication of 
Fred. S. Billard Elem. School at Coast Guard 
Center, Gov. Island. Michigan: Isabelle Neer 
Semple has phased out of most things; her 
oldest son is now Foreign Editor NY Times. 
Minnesota: Jane Martin Person and husband 
Harold own 80 acres and have three children 
in a five-mile radius. 

Nebraska: Frances Neville Newberry of 
North Platte recently took the Royal Viking 
Cruise from Copenhagen to Athens. Mary Nel 
Neville Siemen is an artist in oils and water 
colors and an officer in sundry organizations. 

New Jersey: Gerry Mallory Lees, always a true 
sport in tennis, figure skating, etc., has risen 
above personal tragedy: she is one of the few 
with a pet, a "gorgeous small standard 
poodle." New York: Margaret Ellen Bell 
Hare's radiant letter took me back! Now 
living and boating at Mamaroneck, recipient 
of Clara Barton Society Gold Medallion, 
she is off to the Staunton Foundation Histor- 
ical Ball. North Carolina: Warwick Rust 
Brown and her husband, retired Bishop of 
Arkansas, are now perched on a mountain in 
Cashiers. Ohio: Nevil Crute Holmes has 
"presided over most everything" and travels 
by the "We Drive It" method. Margaret Nel- 
son Hartman shuttles from Cincinnati to 
Pompano Beach, FL. Pennsylvania: Jean 
Van Home Baber of Philadelphia offers to 
do "needlepoint design and photo objects 
according to specs" and sends "Greetings to 
all." Janet Blood Brown of Rosemont winters 
on the Florida Keys and summers on the New 
Jersey shore. Lil Allison Redman of Berwyn 
had dinner with Miss Rogers, "just the same 
remarkable person." South Carolina: Sue 
Johnson Simpson of Greenville has three fine 
sons and sounds cheery. 

Tennessee: Maggie Austin Johnson wrote a 
spring blossom note from Lookout Mtn.; to 



"Where?" she answers, "Going with the 
wind." Mary Elizabeth demons Porzelius, 
another globe trotter, is off to Scotland and 
Ireland. Gertrude Raymond Dempster of 
Knoxville has covered Hong Kong. Tokyo, 
and Tahiti and is off to Arizona and New 
Mexico. Texas: Gail Shepard Bean (the girl 
with the Estee Lauder complexion), an artist, 
now assembling a book of poetry, has traveled 
widely and soon leaves for England, Iowa and 
Ecuador! 

Virginia: Jessie Coburn Laukhuff leads 
this delegation with her luxurious provision 
for the picnic, on the "back road to Amherst, 
Elijah Road extended, past 'Red top' and Bus 
Rhea's." Glory be! Ella Jesse Latham, class 
fund agent par excellence, has worked a 
needlepoint kneeler for the chapel and is off 
to Scotland and England. Kitty Gochnauer 
Slater, realtor-director in Middleburg. is 
"reworking a ms.." her second book, on 
/ Watched Hollywood Grow Up. Peggy Wav- 
land Taylor of Charlottesville wrote blithely 
of her elderly "watch-cares." historic ac- 
tivities, and past travels. Fran Powell Zoppa, 
traveling over, keeps Richmond in good order. 
Elizabeth Stuart Gray, Who's Who, retired 
with honors from 20 years as Secretary of the 
Chesapeake Corp.. is super director trustee 
of manifold corporations and author of 
Brief History of the Town of West Point. 
Donald Robertson, Schoolmaster, and many 
newspaper articles. Washington. D.C: Jo 
Rucker Powell is our Mrs. Associate Justice 
of the Supreme Court in whose reflected light 
we all take pride and glory. 



1937 



Secretary 

Anna L. Redfern Ferguson (Mrs. Finlay F.. 
Jr.), 1811 Hampton Blvd.. Norfolk. VA 23507 

Our 40th reunion was held in May. 1977, 
and was attended by 12 members, accom- 
panied by six noble husbands. According to 
Mary Helen Frueauff Klein, it was a success. 
Weather was fine, the campus, beautiful, and 
Lois Ballinger entertained them for supper. 
I should have attended (unable to) because in 
absentia. I. Lollie. was elected class secre- 
tary. Bear with me. 

Mary Helen and husband Charles have 
bought a retirement home in Wickenburg, 
AZ. They showed the plans to Frances John- 
son Finley and me when they were in Norfolk. 
Looks great. Frances and her husband are 
great gardeners and golfers. She is active 
in the Garden Club of Norfolk and the Nor- 
folk Society of Arts. 

Polly Lambeth Blackwell. writes from 
Winston-Salem. NC. that she and her 
husband are building "a house for our old 
age — smaller so that only a few of our six 
grandchildren can come to visit at one time." 

Jane Collins Corwin and Tom (now retired 
from the Army) have found a retirement re- 
treat in Hilton Head. SC. They golf, swim 
and work in real estate. 

Martha Hardesty Minshall is among the 
travelers. She visited Europe, where she spent 

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most of the time in Holland with her son 
Philip and his family. Since the family in- 
cludes four-year-old twins, it was a lively 
visit. 

Becky Douglass Mapp and George Walter 
had a trip to the Holy Land, which they are 
enthusiastic about. They have enjoyed the 
Bahamas this winter and plan a trip to Alaska 
this summer. They now have seven grand- 
children. 

Alice Laubach has retired and says she is 
enjoying it. except for the squeeze on the 
budget. She finds being able to sleep late a 
compensation. 

Kate Shaffer Hardy reports briefly and 
cheerfully, "Things much the same but thank 
heaven, all is well." Wish we could all say 
that. Barbara Munri Green lost her husband 
recently and so did Dorothy Prout Gorsuch. 
Heartfelt sympathy from all of us. 

Beda Carlson Calhoun has been a widow 
for four years. She lives in Sarasota, FL. where 
she has been president of her garden club 
for two years. She is on the board of directors 
of Happiness House Rehabilitation Center. 
Hidden Harbor Association and Richardson 
Corporation. 

Elinor Ward Francis was the recipient of 
the National Recreation and Park Associa- 
tion's National Voluntary Service Award at 
the association's recent annual congress in 
Las Vegas. Congratulations! 

Bobby Jarvis Thomas writes from Hawaii 
that they are enjoying a marvelous climate 
and swimming in the blue Pacific. They also 
do work for the Village Association, growing 
exotic fruits and flowers. 

A big house and garden and lots of house 
guests keep Margaret Sandidge Mason busy. 
In spite of her husband's continued illness, 
she manages to participate in church work 
and community activities. 

Ann Lauman Bussey. Don and their daugh- 
ter Carter touched down in the Virgin Islands 
for a few days each at Little Dix Bay. Caneel 
Bay and St. Thomas on their way to Stuart. 
FL. for the winter. In March son Tuck came 
down for a brief visit from New York, where 
he works for Conde Nast Publishers. The 
three traveling Busseys were looking forward 
to the SBC trip to Ireland in July. 

I attended a party recently to celebrate the 
90th birthday of Frances Murrell Rickards 
'10. A joyous occasion and you've never seen 
so many Briarites gathered. Dr. Whiteman 
sent her flowers and Dr. Anne Pannell Taylor 
attended in person. 

Write to me or the Alumnae Association 
and we'll have more to tell you next year. 



1941 



Secretary 

Mitni Worrhington Foster (Mrs. J. Campbell), 
5100 Dunvegan Rd., Louisville, KY 40222 
Fund Agent Frances Chichester Hull (Mrs. 
Richard D.), 8 Mathes Terrace, Durham. NH 
03824 

Applause! Applause! and bless your bones! 
Your cards, notes and several super letters 



poured news my way as early as last May, 
continuing apace all through the year. Many 
special tidbits at Christmas and in reply to 
my February doggerel. Thank you, dear 
hearts. 

Ma Bell contributed two "simply marvel- 
ous" calls from dear roommates Shirley 
Devine Clemens (Chipper North) and Frances 
Baldwin Whitaker (Chipper South). 

Shirl, snug in her "gem" of a house in Erie, 
really enjoyed the beauty of another bitter 
winter with her four wonderful offspring 
home for the holidays. Son Rob is married to 
lovely, Meg, residing in Ann Arbor, MI. Sam 
lives at home while working, and Miss Anne 
is in Tuscon, happily employed at a radio 
station. Oldest son. John, has them all out 
to his gatehouse by the lake for snow fun and 
skating. Shirl was as full of giggles as ever. 
One could almost see the velvet ribbons of 
old, her trademark. 

Fran, from her more southern clime, an- 
nounced she was up to her ears as registrar 
for the annual meeting of the Garden Club of 
American held in Birmingham in early April. 
A mighty task. She softly said she hadn't the 
vaguest idea where they were going to bed 
down 500 ladies, but was unflappable and 
competent, as always, and looking forward 
to seeing Shirley Shaw Daniel, who was com- 
ing as alternate from her Garden Club of 
Swarthmore, PA. Shirts has been elected 
Club President for the next two years, a new 
adventure now that her lovely daughter 
Dottie's wedding is behind her. A darling 
picture of the bridal party arrived with Shirts 
and Dick's Xmas note, and I loved seeing the 
"mother of the bride" as young and athletic 
in appearance as ever. The happy couple will 
live in Denver while Sandy Thompson gets 
his Masters in Tax Law and Dottie works in 
a bank as First Officer. Dick and Shirts 
hope to visit them in June and will certainly 
catch a glimpse of Eunice Foss Sneed. as her 
son and wife are friends of the Thompsons. 
At an S.B.C. bulb lunch in the Philly area 
Shirts enjoyed seeing Eugenia Burnett Affel 
and Betty Hanger Lippincott '42. 

Birmingham news was big. Ruth Hemphill 
DeBuys and John had a marvelous trip to 
Israel in October, and at writing were about 
to have dinner with Lillian Fowlkes Taylor 
and Tyler. Ruth still paints and enjoys golf. 
She and John have a tree farm and thanks to 
an article in Southern Living sold every one 
of their "come and cut" Christmas trees — 
a blessing after a fire destroyed 30,000 of their 
finest last year. 

Tree farms are the smart investment, it 
seems, for a card from Joan Meacham Gay 
says they have a lovely new, contemporary 
house overlooking a "seasonal waterfall" 
on 59 acres of abandoned farm land they 
are reclaiming by planting 700 "choose and 
cut" Xmas trees per year. How to exercise 
while being a good conservationist! Meach 
has finally quit after 18 years on Town Board 
of Health, possesses a new camera and is 
doing slide shows on wild flowers and tree 
growing. What fun! She and spouse also sell 
cast iron woodstoves. heating their house 
with two of their products. Meach's two sons 
have flown "the nest" to Seattle, WA, and 
Cambridge, MA, respectively, and she is 
proud grandma of one 11 -year old. Joan asks 
about Mary Henry Norman Pollock who lives 
not far from us here in L'ville. Henni is fine 
and works in real estate, but I am sorry to say 
I catch only an occasional glimpse of her. 



How could the Garden Club of America 
ever do without the class of '41? Shirts is the 
next president in Swarthmore, Fran is beaver- 
ing in Alabama, yours truly is a past president 
of the Glenview Garden Club of L'ville, Piney 
is horticultering in Norfolk and now a card 
brings the news that Helen Hamilton Lewis 
is the current president of the Garden Club 
of St. Louis. MO. Helen's daughter is married 
to a teacher in the Grad. School of Social 
work at the U. of L'ville. They too have the 
"country bug," living in a renovated log 
cabin on 68 acres in Indiana near French 
Lick. Ham has two granddaughters, Megan 
and Erin. 9 and 7. Son Woody and wife live 
in France and have identical twin girls 9 mos. 
old in March. The Lewises have really been 
around — France, Scandinavia, two trips to 
the Orient and Hawaii, and an Alaskan cruise, 
as well as covering the Northwest. 

Another inveterate tripper, Joan Devore 
Roth sent the most recent postcard from 
Firenze, Italy. She and John are truly knowl- 
edgeable about Renaissance art (Dedore 
being a pillar of the Cincinnati Art Museum), 
but had to admit that after two weeks of 
museums, churches, and superculture. John 
was indeed that day playing a little "Floren- 
tine" golf. Daughter Nancy was married last 
October and is the only one of their three 
chicks to live nearby. Campbell and I were 
so sorry to miss the nuptials, but we were 
on our very first S.B.C. charter, a superb 
trip to Switzerland. 

Alpine Martin Patterson wins a Freshman 
apron and a mug of 3.2 beer at the Brass 
Rail for being mentioned most frequently in 
other people's communiques. Ellie Damgard 
Firth wrote that she and Swede had a super 
visit in February with Piney and attractive 
husband Gene in their lovely new house at 
Virginia Beach — water on three sides and 
breath-taking views. Decca Gilmer Frackle- 
ton also told of seeing Piney for the first time 
since "getting the sheepskin." They bumped 
into each other at the Norfolk Botanical Gar- 
dens at a Field Day put on by the Garden Club 
of Virginia. Piney attended as Horticultural 
Chairman of her club. Decca and husband 
Robert then took in the Garden Symposium 
in Williamsburg in March, there enjoying 
the company of Betty Doucett Neill and 
spouse John, who have moved to Southern 
Pines, NC. Decca's two young people are 
returning to Fredericksburg and will be close 
by, much to her delight. 

Piney is not only famous, she works hard 
in Garden Club, on the Altar Guild, and as 
a member of the Board of Directors, Wo- 
men's Council of the Navy League. Presently 
any spare moments are spent, she says, 
"pointing her needle at the needlepoint 
kneeler for the S.B.C. chapel" — beautiful, 
but so large that her small frame has trouble 
wrestling it. She added a codicil to her will 
that her Briarite daughter, Brooke Patterson 
Mahlstedt '65, will carry on in the event of 
Piney's demise. The large S.B. alumnae group 
in Virginia is heaven to her after so many 
years in Puerto Rico where Manhattanville 
was IT with the large Catholic population. 

More news of Ellie Damgard Firth from 
sunny Fort Lauderdale where she has been 
taking bridge lessons from one of the "ex- 
perts" in the .country. The Firths are busy 
trying to form a new Anglican congregation 
in their community and have acquired a min- 
ister, but no building so far. They will enjoy 
a return trip to Virginia soon, as they summer 



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at Hot Springs every August and September. 

Thanksgiving brought a welcome letter 
from Louise Kirk Edwards all the way from 
Barbados, where we have vacationed together 
several times. Lulu and some friends had 
come down on her beloved Q.E.II (she is now 
an honorary member of the crew) and were 
spending a brief holiday on that loveliest of 
islands before cruising home on the Princess, 
one of the newer vessels on the Cunard Line. 

Betty Doucett Neill, as 1 mentioned, moved 
Dec. 1 to Southern Pines, NC, John taking 
early retirement to escape the rigors of com- 
muter trains and New York in general. 
Though disappointed at the lack of Carolina 
sunshine this winter, they put time to good use 
taking a course in horticulture at their com- 
munity college, learning how to grow southern 
plants such as camellias, magnolias and holly 
in their sandy soil. Seven months of the year 
they will stay South and then migrate with 
the birds to their cottage in Portland, On- 
tario. Oldest son John, Jr., is a buyer for the 
G.A.P. chain, living with his wife and son, 3, 
in San Mateo, CA. Daughter Martha '72 is 
married to the assistant D.A. of Wilmington. 
NC. Youngest son. Doug, has recently ac- 
quired his Masters from UNC-G in counsel- 
ing and works with the retired at Kendal in 
Longwood, Kennett Square, PA. This is 
Doucett's last year on Board of Overseers at 
the Patch, and she will miss her trips as they 
have been many; first on the Exec. Board of 
Alums, and then B. of O. In return I'm sure 
those at S.B. will miss her. (Editor's note: 
We couldn 't let her go. She is to be our Box- 
wood Circle Committee Chairman.) 

Remember Olivia Rhodes Woodin left us 
after a year to return to her beautiful Ashe- 
ville, and graduate from Chapel Hill, where 
she met her handsome husband Raye, down 
from Williams for a tennis match. She did 
attend 25th reunion, and Campbell and I saw 
her and her lovely daughter on our way to 
Myrtle Beach one 4th of July. 

The Neills had a visit from Helen Watson 
Hill and George travelling to Florida in 
February and look forward to seeing them 
again in Canada, where the Hills keep a 
houseboat. 

Elizabeth Lancaster Washburn had sent 
the Neills an invitation to stay with her and 
Bill in Lexington, when they return to W. and 
L. for Jacks 40th reunion, but they regret- 
fully declined as Jack is Chairman of the "do- 
ings" and they must stay at the motel and 
mingle. 

Betty had also lunched with Anne Borough 
O'Connor just before leaving Westchester. 
Anne and husband Pete, who is retiring from 
Burns Detective, were soon heading south to 
their lovely condominium in Naples, FL, for 
the bitter months. 

Helen Watson Hill had also written that 
they stayed the night with Helen Gwinn and 
John Wallace on their way to Sanibel Island 
to play golf, walk the beaches and shell. They 
are thoroughly enjoying retirement. 

Helen Gwinn Wallace lives in Leesburg, 
VA, where she has amassed dozens of tro- 
phies won by their race horses. Soon retiring 
from 22 years in education as Asst. Head of 
Hill School, she is looking forward to devoting 
more time to the care and feeding of her be- 
loved thoroughbreds. 

One North Carolinian who didn't desert is 
Martha Jean Brooks Miller. She and Tommy 
are just great and "proud as punch" of their 



three lovely daughters and their families. The 
Millers have four grandchildren. They gather 
the clan in her spacious house at Blowing 
Rock, NC, in summer and again in Charlotte 
for Christmas. Martha Jean enjoys the busi- 
ness world as a real estate broker, special- 
izing in houses; and lots of golf with Tommy 
is still her leisure time love. 

So many of us have jobs and love it. Word 
came that Betty Crossman Cook is manager 
of the Junior League's Next to New Shop 
in Indianapolis and very capable at it. 

I still love my two days a week at "Animal 
Crackers," a dreamy shop for kidlets ages 
to 14. Since the stork came flapping in our 
direction again in early March, bringing a girl 
bundle (Jessica, 9lbs. 6oz.) to our older son, 
Wheeler, and his Jennifer, my nose is ever- 
more to the grindstone trying to keep three 
damsels and two wee squires in the kind of 
"threads" so dear to a grandma's heart. And 
to think that our youngest, Chris, is not even 
married yet! He "baches it" with young Ros- 
coe Willett, son of Fayette McDowell Willed 
'43, and another pal and enjoys a good job 
selling "wheels" to young and old at our local 
good "Ford Store." Mine is a joyful job. 
One of my more recent co-workers is Cornelia 
Radford Butt '76, a Phi Beta Kappa. Connie 
is helpful and attractive as Briarites have 
ever been. 

Our year has been full and fun. Since I mar- 
ried a "youngster" just my age, Campbell is 
naturally a bit away from retirement; so we 
have just finished adding a large Florida room 
on the back of our house to help us through 
our more recent Arctic winter. Solar heat 
keeps up toasty and my myriad plants love it. 
blooming their heads off in coldest weather. 
During our two worst months of deep snow the 
variety of birds and wildlife at our three 
feeders was fascinating. We did manage a 
vacation at Amelia Island. FL, in August with 
grandsons on the beach. In late September we 
were off to Switzerland on our first S.B.C. 
Charter and never had more fun. U.Va., 
S.B.C. Randolph-Macon and V.M.I, filled the 
plane, so you can imagine how great "the 
Group." Switzerland was particularly lovely 
that time of year — breath-taking views and 
flowers everywhere and superb weather. Cam- 
pbell and I hope to do the Rome trip in Oc- 
tober and urge you to join us. So reasonable 
you can hardly afford to stay home! We also 
sneaked in two restful weeks of warm sun in 
Barbados in late February, meeting many new 
friends and catching up with some repeaters. 
Perfect swimming, sailing and snorkeling 
made it memorable. Now we have out "the 
sticks" and hope for better golf and boating in 
our river tub this summer. 

Word from Peg Tomlin Graves is that first 
grandson, Cory Ford, arrived to parents Pete 
and Helen Feb. 8, weighing in at 9 lbs. 4 oz. 
Welcome to the Club, proud Grandma. Peg 
hopes to be in Cincinnati soon. Do hope so. Its 
so close I can easily run up the reune with 
her and Dedore. 

You will all be sorry to hear that Louise 
Lemheck Reydel had bad health in '77. A 
total hip-replacement last may was successful 
to the point of her being able to golf in 
August, but in October she suffered a heart 
attack. Recovering sufficiently for a trip to the 
Bahamas in December, she was back on the 
sick list in March and headed for Houston for 
an arteriogram and a possible by-pass 



operation. Good luck, Lou. 

Margaret Craighill Price keeps up with 
four daughters (three SBC) and one grandson 
all over the map. After a great fall trip to 
Greece, Yugoslavia and Northern Italy, 
she and Karl were busy finishing their dream 
house on a lovely spot in Rappanhanock 
County, VA. They hoped to have Fanny 
Bird Jones and Tish Seibles Frothingham to 
visit them there this April. 

Tish loves New Canaan where there is a 
"real cultural explosion" with interesting 
people and many opportunities for good 
volunteer work. She still finds time for her 
water colors, popular among collectors who 
frequent the local gift shop. Marie Gaffney 
Barry joins her occasionally on the paddle 
tennis courts, and Tish is learning cross- 
country skiing which in her words "is prob- 
ably a losing battle." Our lovely southern 
May Queen has certainly joined the Yankee 
athletic ranks. 

Janie Loveland Byerts has the "empty 
nest" syndrome now that youngest son is off 
at Stetson U. She plays with her grandson 
by oldest son and her daughter's little girl 
and still finds time for her beloved horse 
and the dogs she and Bill enjoy. They are 
pleased that their middle son will be married 
this summer. Living in Tallahasee, Janie 
talks to Lulu Kirk Edwards, but rarely sees 
her. 

Doris Albray Bardusch moved to a new 
house on a lovely little lake in northwest 
New Jersey in October. Daughter Deb, her 
husband and their little boy have the old 
family homestead in Maplewood. Do's son 
Ted is Assistant Chief Engineer of radio 
station KING in Seattle WA. where he and 
bride of one year are living. 

More tripping and excitement! Jean Rug- 
gles Smith has wonderful plans for the sum- 
mer, hoping to join Wilma Cavett Bird, her 
S.B.C. room-mate, for a week in Hawaii after 
exploring the other islands. Jean sees a lot of 
Charlie Davenport Tuttle and John in Chat- 
ham, MA, where she summers. Wilma had a 
weekend visit from Barbie Nevens Young and 
a truly nostalgic "trip" back to Glamorous 
Grammer and the Golden Stairs via their 
pouring over our '41 Briar Patch. Those 
Brooks Bros, sweaters still look good to us. 
Still teaching in Tulsa. Wilma couldn't wait 
for spring break and a trip to Italy with eight 
students: Rome on Palm Sunday, then Pom- 
peii. Naples. Capri. Florence. Venice and 
Milan. Somebody's missing the boat not being 
the travel agent for the class of '41! 

In September Bobby Clark Dickey and 
Fred transferred to Littleton, CO, from Iowa. 
She writes that the mountains are spectacular 
and the climate divine, but Oh! the SMOG. 

"Newport, RI. is a great place in which to 
retire." says Judy Davidson Walker, all 
excited about buying their very first house. 
Garden Club and Colonial Dames are her 
loves. Husband. Tony has organized a detach- 
ment of Continental Marines for the sloop 
Providence. Oldest son. Bill, a lawyer, lives 
in Winston-Salem, NC. Second son. Dan. 
and wife are both law students at U.Va. while 
producing her very first grandchild. And 
youngest. Andy, is a 1st Lt. in the Marine 
Corps and stationed in Hawaii. They had a 
super visit to see him at Thanksgiving. 

Evie Canty Marion and Andrew are not 
the moving kind, having lived happily at the 



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Three Women of the Year 



Upon the joint recommendation of the Conserva- 
tion and Medal Award Committees of the Garden 
Club of America, Sara Shallenberger Brown '32 of Har- 
rods Creek, KY, was awarded the Frances K. Hutchin- 
son Medal for service of national importance in the field 
of Conservation. 

The Garden Club of America presented this Medal 
during its 65th annual meeting in April in Birmingham, 
stating "Through her vigorous and effective leadership 
in every area of conservation, Sally Brown has become a 
nationally known figure. In Kentucky she has rendered 
invaluable service to the cause of river protection, keep- 
ing a watchful eye on a nuclear power plant, construction 
of a vast commercial and marina complex and land use 
and management. She has not only educated Garden 
Club of America members but she also has kindled the 
interest of business leaders and the public to the crucial 
importance of conservation. 

"On the national scene, Mrs. Brown has long been 
articulate on billboard control, strip mining and land 
reclamation. She has been The Garden Club of America 
Conservation Chairman and a Director of The Nature 
Conservancy. Internationally, Mrs. Brown attended the 
UN World Conference on Population Control held in 
Budapest, where she represented both the Environmen- 
tal Coalition for North America and the National Parks 
and Conservation Association. To Sally Brown, Conser- 
vation is not a hobby or an avocation but a way of life." 

Among past recipients of the Hutchinson Medal were 
Louis Bromfield, Dr. Robert C. Murphy, Walt Disney, 
Rachel Carson, Newton B. Drury, Cason Callaway, John 
H. Storer, Dr. Clarence Cottam and several others. 
Frances K. Hutchinson (1857-1935) created "Wychwood 
— A Sanctuary for Native Plants and Birds" on un- 
touched woodland shores of Lake Geneva, Wise. For 
many years Mrs. Hutchinson and her husband preserved 
72 acres of ungrazed and unspoiled forest, making 
Wychwood available to students. The estate was given 
to the Univ. of Chicago for horticultural experiment. 



Jane Roseberry Ewald '52 of Charlottesville was pre- 
sented the Distinguished Alumnae Award at Stuart 
Hall's annual Alumnae Day in April. This annual award 
is given to the alumna "who has made the most signifi- 
cant contribution to her school and community in the 
past year." 

When the school's budget ran a bit short, wouldn't 
you know? Kitchie Ewald turned up with a new dish- 
washer, a school sign and a brick walkway. Stuart Hall 
describes her as a tireless worker, repeatedly opening 
her home to alumnae, prospective students and for 
trustee meetings. She has served as a trustee for Stuart 
Hall for the past seven years. She and her husband are 
donors of the Jane Roseberry Ewald Scholarship Fund 
established in 1976, and she is the chairman of the major 
gifts committee of The Program for Stuart Hall. 

In Charlottesville she has served as Board member of 
the Albermarle County Chapter of the American Cancer 
Society and Board member of the Trosdale Home. She 
also is owner and manager of The Very Thing, a gift 
shop at the Boar's Head Inn. Kitchie is the first woman 
member of the Law School Council, University of Vir- 
ginia. 

For Sweet Briar she served on the Executive Board of 
the Alumnae Association from 1971-1977. She was 
elected to the Sweet Briar Board of Overseers in 1975 for 
a four-year term, serving on the Student Affairs Com- 
mittee and the Development Committee of the Board. 
Kitchie was chairman of the Golden Stairs Committee of 
the Alumnae Association. The 1978 winter term course, 
"Human Origins in Africa" by Donald C. Johanson. 
and the Jane Goodall spring lectures were made possible 
by Jane and John Ewald. They called it "seed money" 
to encourage other alumnae to support academic pro- 
grams at Sweet Briar. 



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Sara Shallenberger Brown '32 



Jane Roseberrv Ewald '52 



Martha Rowan Hvder '48 



In recognition of her contribution to the community 
through her service to the Van Giburn Competition, 
the Altrusa Gub of Fort Worth named Martha Rowan 
Hyder '48 "First Lady of Fort Worth." 

Among the guests at Altrusa's 1978 Civic Award Din- 
ner in Martha's honor were President and Mrs. White- 
man. Introduced by Laura Lee Grogan Crane '47, Pres- 
ident Whiteman described the weekend at Sweet Briar 
when Martha — chairman of the alumnae redecorating 
committee — almost overnight changed the College's 
interiors "from institutional beige to bright burnt 
orange." Sweet Briar (and Fort Worth) know that when 
Martha is around, things happen. "When I accepted the 
chairmanship of the Van Giburn Competition," she 
says, "I had to use my mind — for a change. Before this, 
1 spent my life avoiding being anywhere at any particular 
time." It was her husband Elton who persuaded her to 
accept the Competition chairmanship and she then 



"vowed to make it not only the best but the best known.' 
The New York Times said of Martha, "Almost single- 
handedly she has changed the complexion of the contest 
(held every four years) by expanding the American tour 
for the top three winners, adding the foreign tour and 
establishing the 700-member Giburn Council. She is 
now working on an endowment fund and a national 
'Friends of Giburn' organization. She is omnipresent, 
a sort of den mother in excelsis. " 

While businessmen in Forth Worth say that Martha's 
energy, work and enthusiasm have made the Giburn 
Competition the major international competition, 
Martha herself credits the success to the hundreds of 
volunteers who have "endeavored to assist young con- 
cert artists in their careers. Because of the generous 
financial and moral support given by our friends 
throughout the world, this Competition has no equal in 
terms of the career opportunities offered to its winners." 



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same address since '53, watching a whole new 
generation grow up in their neighborhood. 
Daughter Evelyn and Hunter Clarkson living 
in Columbia, SC. made them first time mem- 
bers of the grandparents club with a son born 
Jan. 12. Two other of Evie's children. Andy. 
Jr., a financial management consultant at 
Harris Bank in Chicago, and Margaret, who 
works in Aiken, SC. are still single. Evie 
tripped abroad for her very first time in 
April with a group including Kitty Lawler 
Stephenson '39. Southern England, Wales 
and Ireland were on the itinerary. 

An average grandmother is Frances Wat- 
kins Centilli. whose three sons have 3.33 
children altogether. Daughter Margaret 
teaches special education at an elementary 
school and still enjoys her "single state." 
She keeps her ma good company, taking 
weekend seminars in many subjects at Texas 
A. and M. 

Would you believe that our diminutive 
Louise Hathaway Norman has an equally 
small, very pretty and feminine daughter. 
Stephanie, who for ten months has worked 
as a telephone installer for the Pacific Phone 
Co. doing a super job. She can fit into the 
hard to reach places that are a nightmare for 
big, burly men. Louise is "proud as punch" of 
her. Meanwhile Louise continues as the 
"Voice of Smog" for the air pollution control 
agency of Los Angeles. 

Our own Butch. Ethel Gurney Betz. is still 
living at the same old pad. She has three 
grands just two blocks away. She stays busy 
taking care of their granddad, the pad and 
her garden and still "burns up the links" on 
occasion on the J.V. Club team. She sees Betsy 
Gockley McLellan '40 a lot and Decca Gilmer 
Frackleton upstate each summer. Butch and 
Dedore Roth correspond over the baseball 
scores of arch Rivals, the Cincinnati Reds, 
and the Mets. They commiserated last year. 

The snows were a boon to Betsy Tower 
Bennett cleaning out an 18-year old accumu- 
lation of "things" in their house in Irvington. 
NY. Husband Charles has a new publisher for 
The United Stales Banker. Attending conven- 
tions, they caught up with son Benj. in Tulsa. 
He attends a Bible training school. Other son. 
Randy, and wife Cheryl live in Chicago, he 
teaching photography while she does weaving 
with great talent. Betsy and Charles vaca- 
tioned in St. John. Virgin Islands, in January. 
They loved the swimming, snorkeling and 
camping at Cinnamon Bay. 

A partial poem came back from Emmie 
Lou Phillips Lohmeyer. Quite good! She 
reports husband, Lloyd, well busy and happy. 
#1 son, Luke, and wife are both teaching in 
International School in Tehran. Iran. #2. Ned. 
is married and painting with talent in 
Philadelphia. Daughter Lucy is having a ball 
before college, riding, skiing, travelling and 
aiming at her pilot's license. Emmie Lou 
beavers doing Garden club. Church work and 
volunteering in a rehabilitation skilled nursing 
hospital. She joins the ranks of bridge and 
travel, from the British Isles, Spain and Mor- 
occo in '77 to relaxing on the Rhine and en- 
virons in '78 and perhaps a peek at Russia and 
Iran. Son Ned will be an usher at the wedding 
of close friend Ted Swain, son of Anne Bene- 
dict Swain '39. 

Margaret Stuart Wilson Dickey sent along 
two cards, the first last May telling of their 
glorious month in Greece with New Orleans 
friends. They spent Easter in Athens, but 
Crete was their favorite in spite of frigid 

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weather. October's card was from my favorite 
old General Lewis Inn. in Lewisburg, WV. 
where Campbell and I had dined with the 
Dickeys on our way from 35th reunion. This 
time they had driven the Appalachian Trail 
all the way to Montreal, enjoying the gorgeous 
fall foliage. A visit to S.B.C. on the way up 
made the trip. How proud we are that Mar- 
garet Stuart is the first woman City Director 
of Texarkana, AR. Only seven directors 
serve the city government. 

Please keep those notes and postcards 
flowin' cause our circle of friends just keeps 
a 'growin'. Have a good year, and my thanks. 



1945 



Secretary 

Anne Dickson Jordan (Mrs. Goodwin S.), 1108 
Bruton Ln., Virginia Beach, VA 23451 
Fund Agent 

Julia Mills Jacobsen (Mrs. Lawrence). 4416 
Edmunds St., N.W., Washington. DC 20007 

Some of you still write complaining that 
you never see class notes for 1945 in the Alum- 
nae Magazine. This is the only issue in which 
we are allowed space. So remember to get 
news to me by April 15th if you want it in- 
cluded. 

It was so good to get a Christmas card from 
my roommate Irene McDonnell Hill who had 
gotten an S.B. Directory and was reestablish- 
ing contacts. She and Gene have recently 
moved but still live in Memphis; they have 
three married children and four grandchil- 
dren. Her life "still includes a lot of house- 
keeping and children-tending." 

"Wodie" Coleman Monaghan writes from 
Birmingtham, AL, that she has four married 
daughters. She also has two young sons living 
at home. 

Rosemary Newby Mullen recently earned 
her Master's degree in Education and has 
returned, after many job offers, to her work 
with learning-disabled children. "Am up to 
my ears with 18 boys ages 12-15 and enjoying 
it thoroughly." 

Exciting news from Steve Nicholson 
Mcllvaine. She went on a walking safari in 
the northern part of Kenya with camel carry- 
ing the gear. "Silence, space, scenery are the 
goals." She can't stay away from Africa very 
long. 

Betty Healy Cutler now has a daughter-in- 
law, Jane Park, who is doing welfare work 
in Arlington while husband Dr. Gordon Cut- 
ler, Jr.. is doing research in Endocrinology 
at the National Institute of Health in Be- 
thesda. 

Margaret Swann Norris's son John was 
married in August and received his law 
degree in December from U. of Tenn. 

Ann McLean Loomis still teaches art to 
blind and deaf-blind youngsters, ages 3'/2 
to 21, at Oak Hill School for the Blind in 
Weatogue, CT. She has two sons and a 
daughter. The older son is in the Marine 
Corps and lives in California. 



Sadie Allen Blackburn is currently very 
busy traveling over a five-state area (Texas, 
Louisiana. Mississippi. Tennessee, Arkansas) 
as Zone Chairman for the Garden Club 
of America. Her job involves monthly 
board meetings in New York and prospec- 
tive visits to flower shows and gardens in 
Bermuda and Hawaii. Her daughter Cathy 
'73 is in architectural school at Pratt Insti- 
tute in New York. 

Suzanne Thomason Atkinson has a pic- 
ture-framing business in Bartlesville. OK. 
and happily pursues oil and watercolor 
painting and pen-and-ink drawing. She 
hopes to sketch Sweet Briar on her next 
visit, which may be soon since she has a 
son in Virginia Beach and another in North 
Carolina. 

Jane Spiegel Eakin writes that she is ser- 
ving as Chairman of Volunteers, St. Louis 
Bi-state chapter. American Red Cross. 

Cappy Price Bass writes, "I've had quite 
a year. Mother died suddenly in January, a 
daughter was married in May, another 
daughter made us grandparents in Sep- 
tember. In between we've managed two S.B. 
trips — to Tahiti and Switzerland — and five 
weeks of fishing in Canada." 

Harriet Willcox Gearhart's daughter Mary 
graduated from S.B. in May and husband 
David gave the Baccalaureate sermon. 

Perk Traugott Brown, Lyn Dillard Grones, 
Barbara Bourke Stovall and I all live here 
and get together often. Barbara's third 
grandchild, daughter of Dave, Jr., was born 
in August. Lyn spends much time at S.B. 
since daughter Keedie '76 is assistant to 
the director of riding and youngest daughter 
Cathy is a rising senior. Perk's oldest son, 
Townsend, is getting married in July. Perk 
and Jane McJunkin Huffman took a trip last 
summer to Scotland. While visiting Sterling 
Castle, they ran into Tickie Clark Hornby 
and husband who live in Malaga, Spain. 
Remarkable! I am leaving as soon as school 
is out in June (10-18) for Paris and the 
Chateaux country. I'm taking three of my 
students under auspices of the American 
Institute of Foreign Studies. I'm ecstatic 
as I haven't been back to Paris since my 
year of graduate work in 1946-47. 



1949 



Secretary, pro tern 

Polly Plummer Mackie (Mrs. Julius A., Jr.), 

207 Ladbroke Rd., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 

Fund Agent 

Sarah Gay Lanford (Mrs. John C), P.O. Box 

1450. Lexington, VA 24450 

Because of many other commitments, our 
star correspondent for these past years. Carter 
Van Deventer Slattery, has asked me to take 
over for her for our last news letters before our 
30th reunion. She has done a wonderful job 
and we are all grateful. I'm sure the Alumnae 
Office will be grateful when my tenure is over, 
as I can spell no better now than I did during 
college days. 

Herbert and Carter went to Memphis in 
February and celebrated with Ellen Ramsey 
and Ken Clark on their 25th anniversary. It 



was great fun for them to see so many friends 
after 20-odd years. Mimi Semmes Dann and 
Alex were there. Mimi is recognized as an ex- 
cellent potter, but unfortunately her studio 
had burned to the ground a week before and 
she was busy cleaning up. Carter's oldest son, 
Herbert, III, and wife Cary moved back to 
Knoxville in September and he is working on a 
combined Law — MBA degree. Charles started 
graduate school this spring and Hugh will 
finish at T.C.U. in May. 

Sally Ayres Shroyer said that Andy was due 
to get his MBA at Emory in May and that Lou 
was talking about retiring. She still teaches at 
National Cathedral. 

Kay Bryan Edwards sent a picture of her 
eight handsome children. She had been to 
Egypt ("highly recommended") and is still ac- 
tive with Symphony, Child Advocacy, the 
State An Museum and Mental Health. 

Alice Trout Hagan writes from Roanoke of 
June Eager Finney's visit last summer while 
showing her daughter Sweet Briar. Alice's 
daughters. Lisa '79 and Ellen '81. are both at 
Sweet Briar. Their son is in med. school at 
U. Va. and daughter Kitty, 13, is still at home. 

Dorothy Wallace Wood also had two 
daughters at Sweet Briar. Betsy, a Sweet Tone, 
graduated in June and Brandy, a rising senior, 
is active in Paint and Patches. Dot had a good 
visit with Jean Taylor in Washington in 
January. 

From our Richmond contingent, Libby 
Trueharl Harris writes that daughter Mary 
Lawrence is class of '79 at Sweet Briar and her 
twin Elizabeth Robinson has just returned 
from a year in Paris on the Hollins Abroad 
program. (Libby saw Pat Brown Boyer and 
family in Paris when she visited her daughter.) 
Libby loves taking prospective students to visit 
Sweet Briar. 

Marie Musgrove McCone and Richard con- 
tinue to live part time in Richmond and part 
time in Monticello near Charlottesville. They, 
with their three daughters and husbands, two 
grandchildren and Marie's mother were all 
together at Christmas visiting Marie's middle 
daughter who lives in Farmville, VA. 

Caroline Casey McGehee has three in 
college this year: Carden C, Jr., studying for 
his M.A. in Architectural History; Stephen, a 
junior English Major at W. & L.; and 
Margaret, a freshman at Mt. Vernon in 
Washington. 

Margaret Towers Talman reports both girls 
happy in college — Nell, a senior at Denison. 
and Margaret, a freshman at Chapel Hill. 
Margaret and Carter are enjoying their new- 
cottage at Sandbridge. 

Frances Pope Evans writes from Houston 
that she returned to Kenya, E. Africa, on 
Safari with naturalist John Williams, where 
they identified over 400 species of birds. Fran- 
ces. Jr.. 17, is a senior at St. John's School in 
Houston. 

Ann Holmes Bryan's daughter Leslie in- 
terned for the year in South Korea with the 
Pearl Buck Foundation and has received her 
Master's degree in International Ad- 
ministration. Son Jeff is in his last semester of 
the MBA program at Penn's Wharton School. 

One of our more illustrious alumna is Lucie 
Wood Sanders, who is Chairman of the 
Department of Anthropology at Lehman 
College. CUNY, and Vice-President of the 
Behavioral Sciences Division of the N.Y. 
Academy of Sciences. She received funding 
from City University and the Smithsonian for 
field work in Egypt in Janaury 1977. 

Another of our stars is Catherine Cox 



Reynolds, who has been Mayor of East Hart- 
ford. CT. Governor Ella T. Grasso's regional 
government coordinator and. as of April 1st. 
the new chairman of Connecticut's Urban Ac- 
tion Task Force. To quote Katie — "I'm very 
excited about it. This way. I'll get a chance to 
put the ten years of service in local govern- 
ment directly to work." Congratulations 
Katie! 

Bunny Barnetl Brown's two daughters are 
married and two sons are still in college. She 
and Walt travel the world on banking 
business. 

Ann Eusiis Weimer, husband John and son 
Scott traveled to Norway in the spring of '77, 
skiing in the mountains and touring Lapland. 
This year's trip will take them on a canoe trip 
in the Bandary Water Canoe Area. 

Lindsay Coon Robinson writes that since 
her number 3 daughter is at Hood College in 
Frederick. MD. she is fortunate in often being 
able to see Peggy Quynn Maples and all her 
great family. 

From our Chicago group Joan McCarthy 
Whiteman writes that daughter Kim. who 
graduated from Lake Forest College this 
spring, was to be married in June and son Don 
is working in Chicago for Beeker Securities 
and loves it. Joan and Wes had a fabulous trip 
to Greece and then a Black Sea cruise to 
Turkey. Russia, Crete and Rhodes before 
Christmas. In the fall they hope to take a 
golfing vacation, visiting many courses in the 
Hawaiian Islands. 

Our beloved song leader Fritzie Duncombe 
Millard has moved back to Winnetka and is 
living in a condominium with Brook. 13. the 
only child still at home. She is working at one 
of the better dress shops in Win- 
netka — clothes for Carter Susan and her at 
cost — greatest fringe benefit. Fritzie says 
"Start planning for our 30th reunion." 

Alberta Pew Baker has five living children 
(a son died of leukemia three years ago). Deb- 
by, 24. is completing an M.A. in economics at 
Queen's U.. Kingston, Ontario. Becky, 23, is 
teaching French in the Chester Elementary 
School System. Bonnie. 20, is in the Bonny 
Lea Farm School Pre- Vocational Program. 
Joseph, 17, is in the 12th grade at Ridley 
College, St. Catherine's. Ontario. Jeanne. 14, 
is in grade 10. Bishop's College School, Len- 
noxville. Quebec. The Bakers' main oc- 
cupation is working with about 60 young 
people at a school-training center for those 
with multiple handicaps. The program em- 
phasises their abilities and potentials rather 
than their limitations. 

Mary Brown Ballard started law school at 
South Texas College of Law in Houston in 
Janaury, 1978. Her mother, Marie Brede Zim- 
merman '24. joined Mary and her husband on 
a quick trip to England and Scotland between 
semesters. 

Last but not least is the news from 
Philadephia. Ruth Garrett Preucel and I are 
in almost daily contact, particularly since 
Ruthie Preucel and Allison Mackie are 
classmates at the Shipley School here in Bryn 
Mawr and great friends. Ruthie has just made 
her decision to go to the U. of Pennsylvania 
next year following both her brothers. Bob 
who graduated in June and goes off to 
graduate school in Archaeology and Bill who 
will be a sophomore. Ruth and husband Bob 
pulled off five blue ribbons in the Philadelphia 
Flower Show in March. Ruth is also busy as a 
member of the Woman's Committee of the 
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts w here she 
is also a docent; a member of the board of the 



New School of Music, and chairman of the 
Friends of the Music Department of the U. of 
Pennsylvania. 

Having given up my job at the local book 
store. I have become a full-time dilettante. I 
play tennis and duplicate bridge, garden, read 
and gossip on the telephone about such in- 
teresting subjects as whose child was or was 
not accepted at which college! Allison is on the 
waiting list at Chapel Hill, and if she does not 
get in will go to Kenyon. She is very interested 
in the theatre and music and hopes to have a 
career combining both. Son Alex, who 
graduated from College two years ago, is 
working for an environmental consultant firm 
here but has decided he really wants to teach 
so is in the process of applying for a job for 
next fall. Jack is still a professor of surgery at 
Penn and terribly busy, but we do travel some 
and hope to do some more in the future. 

Do start thinking about our 30th. which is 
next spring. Our past reunions have been 
great fun and there is always much to catch up 
on with old friends as well as the college. 



EDITOR'S NOTE 

We regret that notes from the classes of 
1953, 1957, 1961 and 1969 were not received 
at the Alumnae Office. 



1965 



Secretary 

Aline Rex Calhoun (Mrs. Larson P.. Jr.). 2014 
Brookview Dr. N.W. Atlanta. GA 30318 
Fund Agent 

Juliet Young Maclvor (Mrs. John C). 5339 
Aylor Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030 

Marriages 

Carole Dudlev to William Shappard. Mav 28. 

1977. 

Lucy Pryor Mcllwaine Hale to Hunter Holmes 

Wood. Aug. 6. 1977. 

Jean Inge Leventis to Archibald Cox, Jr.. Aug. 

20, 1977. 

Michaele Moxham Williamson to Henry 

William White. 

Births 

John Jemison to Sonja Howell and Chris 

Bourn July 7. 1977. 

Emily McEwen to Brenda Muhlinghaus and 

Hugh Barger Sept. 4. 1977. 

Richard H.. Ill, to Beverly Sharp and Richard 

Amberg. Jr. Sept. 28, 1977. 

Kathryn to Grace Powers and William A. 

Banks. April 17. 1978. 



Bunny Sutton Healy writes from Boston 
that husband Jay is in his second year of law- 
school and is also serving on the Judiciary 
Committee in the Massachusetts Legislature. 
They.were both anticipating a trip to Hawaii. 

From Hartford, CT. Toni Thomas Britton 
writes that she is getting a divorce and 
finishing work on a masters in organizational 
behavior at the U. of Hartford Business 



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School. She also keeps busy with Julie. 10, and 
Tom. 7. as well as on the boards of the YWCA 
and the United Way. From Old Greenwich, 
Chris Kilcullen Thurlow said that their efforts 
to remodel an old. waterfront home were con- 
siderably set back by the terrible winter storm 
which caused extensive water damage. The 
children Katie, b. and Mike. 5, keep her busy, 
as does working in her design firm, Greenwich 
Interiors. 

From New York, Margie Rand Chapman 
writes that they will be moving from Buffalo to 
Brookline, MA. where George has accepted a 
call to be Rector of St. Paul's Church. They 
will be living in the Rectory, a large, rambling 
home, "with room for gymnastics in some 
room other than the living room." Lisa, 8V2, 
and Amy. 6, are looking forward to the move 
and being able to walk to school. In Ithaca, 
Fair Mackae Gouldin and her family are set- 
tling into a roomy house in the country, after a 
marvelous sabbatic year in California. The 
children are Ann. 6, Cary, 4. From New York 
City, Magda Salvesen writes that she and 
husband, Jon Schueler, have moved into a 
wonderful new home which provides Jon with 
a spacious artist's studio. Magda teaches at 
the Day School in Manhattan. They spent two 
months in Scotland this summer. 

From Wilmington. DE. Sally Wright Hyde 
says the latter part of last year was spent sur- 
viving major construction on their house, 
resulting in a new kitchen and family room. 
She and Steve plan a family trip out West this 
summer with Mike. 9, Alex, 7, and Katie, 4. 

In Virginia. Mary K.Lee McDonald divides 
time between her two boys, ages 7 and 3, and 
Jr. league, the United Way, and being Fi- 
nance Chairman on the SB Alumnae Execu- 
tive Board. The whole family is involved in the 
renovation of an old home in downtown Rich- 
mond for John's law firm. In Front Royal, 
Michaele Moxham Williamson White writes 
that she divides her time between being 
mother to James Todd Williamson. 5, and An- 
ne Alexandrine Williamson, 4, working as a 
guide in the Thunderbird Archaeological 
Museum, and being a stained glass artisan in 
her own business, Firefly, Inc. Henry is 
building solar homes. After their marriage, 
Pryor Hale and Hunter Wood spent a month 
in Scotland and Ireland. At present, they are 
divided between Charlottesville, where Pryor 
teaches psychology at Piedmont Virginia 
Community College, and Alexandria, where 
Hunter is finishing a Ph.D. at American 
University and also practicing psychotherapy. 
They hope to settle together in Charlottesville 
in the near future. Meanwhile, they are con- 
tinuing to renovate an old home in the historic 
Court Square section of Charlottesville. Pryor 
continues to "beagle" regularly and be active 
in the Mental Health Association, the local 
chapter of the National Organization of 
Women, and the Women's Forum, a local 
group Pryor founded to recognize women's 
achievements. In Norfolk, Abby Starke Baird 
is busy teaching and taking care of Eleanor, 
b'A. Eddie has opened his own law practice. 
Together they enjoy sailing. 

In Davidson. NC. Brenda Muhlinghaus and 
Hugh Barger moved into their home last 
spring. It is built on their beef cattle farm. 
Jack, 5. Kate. 2, and baby Emily are fine. 
From Raleigh, Natalie Lemmon Parker writes 
that all is well. Karen. 10, is into gymnastics 
and babysitting, after taking the Red Cross 
Babysitting Course. Josh, 7. loves soccer. The 
Parkers finished a vacation house in the 

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North Carolina coast town of Oriental, "a 
great spot for the serious sailors and fisher- 
men." 

In Charleston, SC, Kathleen Watson Taylor 
says she is busy with Carney, 7'A, and Anne, 
3'/2. Marshall will finish his Radiology 
Residency in June and has accepted a job in 
Washington, NC. Brooke Pat terson Mahlstedt 
say their family will stay in Charleston another 
year. Brooke is enjoying golf and getting in- 
volved in the Historic Society's Spring House 
Tour. Doug, 5, is beginning T-ball; Andrew is 
2. 

In Augusta, GA, Laura Haskell Phinizy 
stays busy with her three cute girls — Laura, 
Louise, and Marion. Laura also continues 
work as President of the Episcopal Day School 
Association, on the EDS Board of Directors, 
on AID Board, as Chairman of Christian 
Education Commission at church, and as a 
Sunday School teacher. Lawson and I just en- 
joyed a marvelous weekend with the Phinizys 
in their lovely home, for a very exciting 
Masters Golf Tournament. 

In Louisville, KY, Alice Virginia Dodd con- 
tinues to enjoy her work with children as the 
school media librarian. Recently she was 
asked to do a spot on the local educational TV 
station, which was later shown on "TV snow 
school." Alice Virginia also especially enjoys 
teaching young people to use the video tape 
recorder. 

From Holly Springs. MS. Peggy Jones writes 
that she is engaged in private practice of the 
law. She and her law partner have just 
renovated an old house to serve as their office. 

In New Orleans, Karen Ludwig is co-owner 
with her mother of Mignon and Kayelle, 
selling childrens clothes and accessories. Her 
mother and Karen, both Sweet Briar alumnae, 
would love to see other Sweet Briar gals when 
in the city. Also, in New Orleans, Eugenia 
Dickey Ford is moving in August into a 
beautiful new apartment in an old Irish Chan- 
nel shotgun house being renovated by a friend. 
In her work at the U.S.D.A. she is helping 
design a very large on-line payroll/personnel 
data base, which should be implemented by 
December, 1980. 

In Houston. TX. Sallie Mullins Thompson 
writes that Guy has a new job as Director of 
Corporate Relations for Credit Suisse Bank. 
Kathryn is 3 and in pre-school. Sallie is doing 
her Jr. League work at the Museum of Natural 
Science, giving pre-tour talks to 4th graders. 

Farther north, in Minnesota, Susan Strong 
McDonald writes that she has taken a job 
painting murals for the city of Minneapolis. 
Her art show opened in February in the 
Women's Art Registry of Minnesota. The 
children are now 12, 10, and VA. The family 
enjoys cross country skiing. 

From the far West, in California, Sally 
Rasco Thomas writes that she. Bill, David, 6. 
and Bo, 4, settled in San Diego five years ago. 
Bill is a partner in a local law firm. The 
Thomases stay busy with church work, soccer 
for David, Jr. League and other volunteer 
work for Sally. 

In Hood River. OR, Mimi Vogt Macht says 
that Marlow, 5. Madison, 2, a big house, big 
dog, and big garden keep her busy. Her 
husband teaches at Portland State U. 

Outside of the country, Jean Inge Leventis 
Cox writes that she moved to London in Sep- 
tember, after her marriage to Archibald Cox, 
Jr., who is managing director of Morgan 
Stanley and Co.. Inc. Chris. 8V2, is in the 3rd 
grade at Sussex House, a marvelous English 
school. From Mexico. Mel Freese Cata writes 



that she is "an old fashioned wife and mother, 
pretty much a homebody by choosing." She 
enjoys the care of Alberto, 10, William, 9, and 
Victoria, 8. Their household also consists of 
an 82 year old father, an unmarried sister and 
numerous pets. 

Back home we Calhouns are fine. Lawson is 
starting remodeling construction on his real 
estate office which will double the space, a 
happy thought for him. Most enjoyable for me 
this year was our antique study group and 
doing Jr. League work at the Georgia Trust for 
Historic Preservation. Soccer for Clay, 8V2, 
and ballet for Emory, 5, keep them busy. 
Recently we have enjoyed trips to Sea Island 
and Disney World and the beach with the 
children. 



1973 



Secretary 

Peggy Cheesewright Garner (Mrs. John 

Robert), 2150 - 130th Place, S.E., Bellevue, 

WA 98005 

Fund Agent 

Diane Leslie, 47 No. Fullerton Ave., Apt. 27. 

Montclair. NJ 07042 



Engagements 

Abigail Allen to Nick Rennekamp 
Lisa Fowler to William Winslow 
Lisa Marshall to David Chalmers 
Alice Mclnnis to Carl Hughes 



Marriages 

Deedra Brown to Mr. Cook 
Judith Buttrick to Howard Sargent 
Evelyn Carter to Reynolds Cowles 
Creigh Casey to John Krin, Jr. 
Peggy Cheesewright to John Garner 
Roberta Culbertson to Joseph Marshall 
Marelee Davis to Charles Simmons, Jr. 
Sue Dern to Lt. David Plank 
Carol Evans to Tom Jepperson 
Robin Harmon to John O'Neil 
Pamela Ivens to Michael Renner 
Jane Knutson to Michael James 
Taffy Kuhns to Dan Dimancescu 
Laurie Norris to Andy Solywoda 
Cindy Redman to Bob McCullough 
Nan Robertson to Hal Clarke 
Virginia Rogers to David Gould 
Sally Slaughter to Robert Lilly 



Births 

Issac Campbell, IV, to Lee Brennan Kidd and 

Kevin 

Heather Alison to Donna Crouch Campbell 

and Bob 

Molly Cameron to Molly Dunn Martin and 

William 

John Matthews, Jr., to Nancy Len than Conaty 

and Jay 

Cary McDowell to Rachel Mays Fitzgerald 

and Arnold 

"Mickey" to Jane McCutchen McFadden and 

Barclay 



Katherine Elizabeth to Karen Nielson Gram- 

matieas and Andy 

Peter Brendan to Jane Olmstead Murphy and 

Paul 

Lynn Hylton to Cathy Rasmussen Rentzel and 

Chris 

Mary Alison to Carol Slewart Harper and 

Doug 

Sarah to Jenny Stockwell Ferguson and Dan 



Carol Stewart Harper, Doug, and their new 
daughter are living in Pensacola, FL, where 
Doug is a Navy helicopter instructor pilot. 
Abigail Allen is also living in Florida. After 
her marriage this summer, she and her new 
husband Nick (who is a professional polo 
player) will go north for the summer. Char 
Reed Miller received her Ph.D. in Cellular 
Biology and has received a post doc from the 
Heart, Lung, and Blood Division of the 
National Institute of Health. Char's husband 
Bill is finishing his Ph.D. and is Director of 
the Electron Microscope Lab at Florida State. 

Mac Cuthbert Langley and Johnny will be 
in Birmingham until June when Johnny will 
complete his pediatric residency. William and 
Molly Dunn Martin live in Montgomery, AL, 
where William practices law. Molly has retired 
from teaching piano to care for their new- 
baby. 

Lois Means moved to Charleston, SC, late 
last summer and she is working as an ad- 
ministrative assistant to a real estate lawyer. 
In Columbia, Jane McFaddin was promoted 
to head of her own legal unit within the agency 
where she works. She was in New Orleans for a 
conference in March and had a fun visit with 
Betsie Merit" Gambel. 

Carol Anne Provence Gallivan and Mills 
and their daughter are living in Greenville, 
SC. Mills is practicing law and Carol Anne is 
being a full-time mother and volunteering at 
the art museum. They spent a week with Betsy 
Oakley Smith and Smitty in New York this 
summer. 

In Chapel Hill Barbara Cain is working for 
the Pathology Department at UNC. Dixie 
Black O'Connor is working as a public rela- 
tions director for a hospital in Lumberton, 
NC, while her husband Paul is working as a 
court and county news reporter for the daily 
newspaper in Lumberton. Ann Evans, who 
lives in Cashiers, NC, will complete her M.A. 
in Biology this summer. 

Michael and Anne Smith Leamon moved to 
Charleston, WV. last fall where Michael is an 
apprentice to a man who builds antique 
reproduction furniture and Anne is working 
as a counselor for the W.Va. Division of 
Vocational Rehabilitation. They both love 
their jobs. Rachel Mays Fitzgerald is a 
homemaker in Amherst. VA. Robin Roden is 
doing her residency in Family Practice at 
Roanoke Memorial Hospital. During January, 
she travelled to the Cayman Islands. Evelyn 
Carter Cowles and her husband Reynolds live 
in Free Union, VA, where they have a small 
farm that they are renovating. Kris Howell 
Heyward, who is going to school in Greens- 
boro was at Evelyn's wedding. Also in Free 
Union is Champe Smith, who has bought with 
friends twenty-five acres of land on which they 
will develop an extensive garden of fruits, 
vegetables, herbs, and ornamentals. Champe 
is working as a cook at The Corner Deli. 
Pamela hens Renner is working on a special 



grant related to clinical pharmacology and 
behavior at the U.VA. Medical. Last summer, 
she and her husband Michael spent the sum- 
mer in New Hampshire teaching sailing at a 
girls' camp and running their summer resort 
business. 

In Franklin, VA, Susan Hancock Duke and 
Roy have a successful retail clothing business. 
Roberta Culbertson and her husband Joseph 
Marshall both work in Richmond and Rober- 
ta is doing graduate work at U.VA. Marrlee 
Davis Simmons received an M.Ed, in Math in 
1976. married Charles (who is working as an 
aide to Senator Herman Talmadge) in 1977, 
and is now teaching in Alexandria, VA. Also 
in Alexandria is Sue Dern Plank and her 
husband David. In May, 1977, Sue went to 
London, Bath, and Scotland. She and David 
honeymooned in the Adirondacks last July. 
She volunteered for the National Park Service 
cataloging The White House's collection of 
oriental carpets. She has seen Ginger Wood- 
ward Gast, Sandie Schwartz Tropper, and 
Betsie Meric Gambel when Betsie was in town. 
In Northern Virginia, Glenys Dyer Church is 
working for a company as a math/per- 
formance analyst. 

Since 1973. Dee Couchman has been in- 
volved with the government and is currently a 
federal investigator with the Department of 
Defense in D.C., after also being in Los 
Angeles for a while. Sandie Schwartz Tropper 
is the editor for a magazine and newspaper 
monthlies which are published by the 
National Center for Community Action in 
Washington. Her husband Peter is in the of- 
fice of the Special Trade Representative. 
Marye Taylor is in D.C. working for Senator 
Bennett Johnston of Louisiana, in addition to 
working towards an M.A. in Urban Preser- 
vation at George Washington U. After being 
in Seattle last fall for three months. Rita/1«- 
selmo Sileo and Gordon have returned to D.C. 
Rita transferred from H.E.W. to the Depart- 
ment of Labor, where she is working with the 
Seattle Regional Office, which will oc- 
casionally bring her back to the Northwest. 
She and Gordon went to Cindy Redman Mc- 
Cullough's wedding last summer and saw Ann 
ColgTove there. Palmer Lane is now a full 
business partner in the new Middendorf-Lane 
Gallery which specializes in oil and watercolor 
paintings and in drawings by American artists 
from 1900 on. 

Jill Hepinstall is living in Baltimore and 
Mary Jane Berry is in Silver Springs, MD. In 
Aberdeen, MD. Ann Spang Bennett is work- 
ing as a general property and casualty in- 
surance agent. She and her husband Tony are 
building a house. Judy O'Keefe is a market 
analyst in Glenridge, NJ. Rene Conover is also 
living in New Jersey. Kathy Pretzfelder Steele 
has a "terrific" job as an underwriting systems 
specialist and regional coordinator for ten 
Southern states for the company she repre- 
sents. Last summer, Fred and Debbie Pollock 
Meyer helped Kathy and Dave move into their 
new house. 

Last October. Joan May Harden. luWeJohn- 
son Evans. Susan Miller, and Abby Allen had 
a mini-reunion in Manhattan. Betsy Cann 
Akers is in international corporate finance 
with a wall street firm which sends her to Paris 
occasionally. On her way home in October, 
she ran into Robin Harmon O'Neil. Melinda 
Williams has been elected an Assistant Vice- 
President in Manufacturers Hanover Trust's 
National Division. She lives in New York City 
and represents the bank in Virginia and in 
D.C. Also at Manufacturers Hanover Cor- 
poration is Georgia Tucker Tuttle who is in 



charge of short-term funding of the company's 
subsidiaries. Georgia's husband Chris is now a 
Vice-President at Bankers Trust. Georgia and 
Chris are enjoying their busy life in Bronxville, 
playing lots of tennis with Mimi Bain Haik 
and Barrett, who moved to New York City last 
year. 

Last Thanksgiving. Laurie Norris Solywoda 
and her husband Andy were married in a 
small family ceremony. In Red Hook, NY, 
Laurie is working for Orchard Hill Farms as 
Executive Assistant to the President. She is 
supervising two major departments — sales 
and purchasing — and is extremely busy. Andy 
has just finished six months of video studio 
training. Scottie O'Toole is living in 
Cazenovia, NY. Lucinda Young Larson is now 
the manager of corporate cost estimating for a 
corporation in Amsterdam, NY. She and her 
husband (who is an art director for a company 
in Old Charham, NY) bought a house in 
Niskayuna. Chris Mendel Rogers joined the 
U.S.A.F. about a year ago. She spent three 
months in officer training school and then 
eight months in communication electronics 
school. Both she and John are stationed at 
Griffiss A.F.B. in New York, and they bought 
a beautiful old house nearby which they are 
renovating. 

Since last August Valerie Fannon Phillips 
and Tom have been living in Syracuse, NY, 
where they have bought a house. Tom is an 
assistant sales manager with Continental Can 
Co., and Valerie is the manager of a Burger 
King Restaurant. 

Jane Lowery Tierney and John have been 
busy buying and settling into their new con- 
dominium. Taffy Kuhns Dimancescu and her 
husband Dan (who is in the map business) just 
bought and moved into an old farmhouse in 
Lincoln. MA, that borders Audubon Ponds. 

In Barnstable, MA. Karen Nielsen Gram- 
maticus and Andy's 2'/2-year old Peter was 
joined by Katherine Elizabeth in May. Bob 
and Weezie Blakeslee Gilpin have built a 
house on the Vineyard. They are living most of 
the time at Milton Academy in a dormitory 
with 50 high school-aged boys. Jane Knutson- 
James and Michael went to the Chesapeake 
Bay for their honeymoon last August. Jane 
was working for a surveying firm doing title 
research last fall. Also in Vermont is Jane Mc- 
Cutchen McFadden. her husband Barclay, 
and their son. They are loving cross-country 
skiing. Jane is helping manage their natural 
foods store and buying kitchen items. 

Pamela Rasche is specializing in labor law 
at the U. of Wisconsin Law School in addition 
to managing a small book store in Madison. 

Bob and Cindy Redman McCullough went 
on their belated honeymoon trip to Ireland 
and Scotland in January. They were married 
in June and waited until Janaury so that they 
could foxhunt in Ireland. Cindy is teaching. 
Nearly every weekend this winter they went 
skiing. Last summer they got together with 
Rita Anselmo Sileo and Gordon. 

Betsy Oakley Smith is enjoying working for 
the Connecticut State Department of Public 
Health on an immunization project. Smitty is 
in his second year at Yale Law School. Jane 
Lucas was Creigh Casey Krin's maid of honor 
at Creigh's wedding. Creigh's husband. John, 
is a cost accountant for a division of Textron. 
Creigh. who only has two more courses to 
complete for her masters, has been happily 
working as Assistant Treasurer and Branch 

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Manager at First Federal. Also in Waterbury, 
CT, is Donna Crouch Campbell, who until 
November was working as a psychiatric social 
worker at a state hospital. Her present oc- 
cupation is MOM. Before being transferred to 
the New York office of Random House, Chris 
Eng was an editorial assistant to the science 
editors in the college textbook department. 
Chris feels that her B.A. in Biology has really 
helped her in her work, as well as her M.S. in 
Science Education. She now commutes from 
Connecticut to New York. Other traveling in- 
cluded a recent trip to the Virgin Islands. 

At Indiana U. Karol Kroetz Sparks is at- 
tending law school. Also in law is Linda 
Moscaio Buell who has been an attorney in the 
Enforcement Division of the U.S. En- 
vironmental Protection Agency in Chicago. 
She is getting an M.B.A. at the U. of Chicago 
at night. Her husband Ardin is also a lawyer 
and is also getting his M.B.A. at night. Diane 
Dale has an exciting new job as a sales 
representative for the Flying Tiger Line, ap- 
parently the largest airline dealing in air 
freight between the U.S. and Asia. Jan Keith 
returned recently from Paris, where she spent 
four months completing the research for her 
Ph.D. dissertation. While in Paris, she became 
engaged to a man who is also a medieval 
musicologist. 

Tina Sheris Wood and John bought a house 
last spring in Iowa City, IA, and went to 
Europe last May for a month. Marion McKee 
Humphreys is very happy. She is a legal 
assistant and in her spare time is taking lots of 
dance courses. This spring she plans to per- 
form. Her husband Hunter is working hard as 
a lawyer and made time to run in the N.Y.C. 
Marathon last October. He has Marion 
jogging a few miles too. She had a wonderful 
visit with Jane McCutchen McFadden at 
Christmas. 

Living in St. Louis, Cathy Conner is 
working for Pan Am, running a photographic 
print gallery, and renovating an eighty-five 
year old home. Chris Hegarty Savage and her 
husband Pat spent a weekend skiing with Jean 
Piatt in February. Chris is supervisor of the 
Coagulation Department in the Hematology 
Laboratory at University Hospitals of 
Cleveland, while her husband is in graduate 
school in an M.B.A. progTam. Cindy Bekins is 
in the real estate business in Omaha and is 
loving it. She is also in the process of 
redecorating her new apartment. Alice Mcln- 
nis is completing her first year of residency in 
general surgery this June. Candy Sheffield 
Nielson is job hunting in Bethany, OK. where 
her husband Keith is in a new position as a 
Flight Safety Inspector for the F.A.A. 

Carter Heyward Morris, Lisa Marshall. 
Alison Baker, Lee Brennan Kidd. Lee Ad- 
dison Chandler, and Charlotte Battle are all 
making Nan Robertson Clarke feel at home in 
Atlanta. In April Nan married Hal Clarke who 
was a classmate at W&L Law School. Carter 
Heyward Morris and Hampton just wrapped 
up a major remodeling job on a sixty-five- 
year-old cottage. Carter designs training 
programs for First National Bank and Hamp- 
ton is a business lawyer. Lisa Marshall is 
working at a brokerage house. She sees Emily 
Garth Brown and Susan Craig Burnett often. 
Alison Baker is a producer with J. Walter 
Thompson Advertising Agency. In February 
she had just finished some T.V. commercials 
for the Ford Company. Lee Brennan Kidd is 
keeping busy on several committees, is in- 
volved with the SBC Alum Club and with a 
garden club, and is going to exercise classes. 



In New Orleans, Dessa Rutter is suc- 
cessfully selling real estate, substituting, and 
tutoring. Debi Ziegler is presently associated 
with a law firm and is also Assistant City At- 
torney for the Civil Law Department of New 
Orleans. Liza Slatten received her M.B.A. 
from Tulane in December. She is now 
devoting all her energy to finishing the second 
half of her law school curriculum. Alison 
Baker was Lisa's houseguest during the King 
Tut exhibit. Mac Cuthbert Langley and her 
husband visited Lisa during Mardi Gras, as 
well as Charlotte Battle, who was there for her 
seventh Mardi Gras visit this year. Last 
August during Lisa's semester break, she went 
on a three week road trip from San Francisco 
to Vancouver, B.C. Our illustrious class 
president. Betsie Meric Gambel, was Chair- 
man of the United States Yacht Racing 
Women's Regional Regatta at the Southern 
Yacht Club last summer and for four months 
was a King Tut volunteer at the New Orleans 
Museum of Art. She is organizing a group of 
people to act as "coordinate" board to the 
Protestant Home for Babies to deal with foster 
parenting, in addition to tutoring, substitute 
teaching, and working at a public television 
station on an auction board. Her husband, 
Greg, became a partner this winter in a law- 
firm with which he was previously associated. 
Last summer on a trip north. Betsie saw Jen- 
nifer Wherry Elrod, Lee Addison Chandler, 
Sue Dern Plank, and Ginger Woodward Gast. 
Last November Magee Leigh spent a month 
with Betsie and Greg and Gregory. 

Cathy Rasmussen Rentzel is leading a full 
life with her family in Dallas, where Chris has 
his own law firm. Renee Sterling is also living 
in Dallas in a ranch-style home with her 
husband Tom Swift. She sees Leigh Schopfer 
whenever she passes Leigh's clothing store. In 
Morton, TX, Sally Slaughter Lilly had just 
ended in February her four years of teaching 
biology and chemistry. She and her husband 
Bob proceeded to take a two-week Carribean 
cruise. They both had graduated from the U. 
of Texas. Dorsie Buck Harrison is very happily 
settled in San Antonio with her family. Her 
husband Charlie is working hard as a resident 
in Ob/Gyn, and Dorsie is busy with their son, 
Bible studies, and Red Cross Work. 

Several of our classmates are now in 
California. Cathy Towers Hardage and her 
family will have just moved for the third time 
in two years when you read this. This move 
was from Escondido to Oakland, where 
husband Robert has accepted a residency 
position in radiology at the Oakland Naval 
Hospital. In April Lisa Fowler was busy 
working as a legal librarian and preparing for 
her wedding in Southern California and 
honeymoon trip to Hawaii. Alison Fifer 
Stonecipher is living with her husband Daniel 
in Santa Barbara and working as the per- 
sonnel director at a hospital. In San Jose Mary 
Buxton is working at a family planning clinic. 
Mary is participating in many sports. She even 
has gone snow-camping. After SBC, Monica 
Cash taught English Conversation on the 
Riviera. When she returned from France to 
Lynchburg, she taught Spanish. In 1975 she 
moved to Sacramento where she worked as an 
international secretary in the export business 
and for a chain department store in the 
receiving department. She is now attending 
California State U. at Sacramento and is 
working as a tourist guide for the City of 
Sacramento. 

Mary Danford is finishing her last semester 
of law school in Oregon. As of March, she was 
planning to run in the six-to-seven-mile road 



races on the weekends. Her husband Michael 
finished his first marathon last fall. 

As for our internationally-located class- 
mates, Lisa Wickham Farnum is loving 
Mexico. Deidre Conley is planning to stay in 
the Ivory Coast area for several more years. 
She and her husband are both high school 
teachers — she in English and he in Math- 
Physics. Jane Olmstead Murphy and her 
family live in Brussels. Also living in Brussels 
in a newly purchased house are Trish Gilhooly 
O'Neill and her husband. 

John and I had a fantastic honeymoon in 
Hawaii last June after our wedding celebration 
in Pasadena, which Jane McFaddin and Lisa 
Fowler were able to attend. John's business is 
really doing well — he has expanded the 
business to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and 
Honolulu. I completed my M.Ed, in Special 
Education/Early Childhood at the U. of 
Washington last June. In September, I ac- 
cepted the position of Head of the Education 
Department at the Spastic Aid Council's 
Children's Clinic and Preschool in Seattle, 
where I work with children who have cerebral 
palsy and other neurological impairments. We 
moved into our new house in November, spent 
Christmas at Lake Tahoe, and were in Hawaii 
over spring vacation. As of April. I am the 
Seattle SBC Alum Club President. 



NOTICE TO ALL ALUMNAE 
If your address changes, please let the 
Alumnae Office have your new address 
promptly. 



1977 



Secretary 

Sally Bonham Mohle (Mrs. Peter H.), 10196 
Winchester Ct., Manassas, VA 22110 
Fund Agent 

Kathleen Roantree, 1916 Columbia Pike, Apt. 
5., Arlington, VA 22204 



Marriages 

Ann Crossingham to William Coltrane Can- 
non. Jr. 
Sally Bonham to Pete Mohle 



Engagement 

Kristy Judson to Jim Houston 



Ramona Akins is enrolled as a full-time 
student at the Medical College of Virginia, in 
the School of Pharmacy. 

Barbara Bernick Martin and husband 
Wayne were married Sept. 10, 1977, and have 
settled in Richmond, VA. 



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Sally Bonham Mohle and Pete were married 
in February with Becky Mayer as maid-of- 
honor. They are living in Manassas, VA. Sally 
is working as Officer Manager for Colonial 
Title Company and Pete is an accountant for a 
CPA firm in Silver Spring. MD. 

Martha Branch is currently seeking an 
M.Ed, with endorsement in Emotional Distur- 
bance and certification in Learning Dis- 
abilities at VCU. 

Lola Brock quit her job and moved back 
home with plans to go to Katherine Gibbs in 
Boston. 

Laurie Burrell is living in the Northern 
Virginia area and working as a career coun- 
selor for the Career Center in McLean. 

Elvira Cash is living at home and working at 
the Hoadley Montessori School in Cheshire. 
CT. She teaches 2Vi to 5-year-olds, which she 
finds challenging. This past summer she com- 
pleted a beginning Japanese course at Yale. 

Muffie Clegg is living in Charleston, WV, 
and working as a paralegal for the law firm of 
Love. Wise. Robinson and Woodsie. She is the 
firm's first paralegal and has her own 
secretary! 

Lyndi Cote is teaching school in a private 
Catholic school in Northern Virginia. In April 
she was the Cherry Blossom Princess from 
New Hampshire for the Cherry Blossom 
Festival. 

Farnell Cowan just finished a course at 
Katharine Gibbs and is moving to Boston to 
work for a law firm. 

Sarah Croft finished at Vanderbilt with a 
major in Art History and a minor in Classical 
Studies. She just returned from two months in 
Puerto Vallarta. Mexico, where she and her 
two sisters bought a house and worked on its 
remodeling. She hopes to go to London for the 
next year or two to get training as an art ap- 
praiser. 

Ann Crossingham Cannon and husband 
Bill have settled in Mt.Airy, where Ann is an 
assistant yarn buyer at Spencer's Inc. 

Christine Davis plans to begin law school 
in Sept. 1978. 

Harriet Dinegar is on the "PhD track" in 
the Dept. of Anthropology at the U. of Pa. 

Susan Faist is studying chemical 
engineering at MIT and says it's harder than 
SBC and not nearly as enjoyable. She was 
planning a visit to London. 

Debbie Falcigno is working as an assistant 
in research to the Directors Clinical Staff at 
the Gesell Institute of Child Development in 
New Haven. CT. She has plans for a degree in 
clinical psychology. 

Becky Frost Good and Steve were married 
in June 1977 and went to Bermuda for their 
honeymoon. They are presently in New Haven, 
CT, where Steve is in Yale Law School and 
Becky is Credit Manager at the Second New- 
Haven Bank. 

Cathy Goodhart is working for the First 
National Bank of Atlanta as a management 
trainee and living with Paula Brumm. 

Mary Greaves was graduated from Kansas 
U. with a degree in Classical Antiquities and is 
presently working as a cardiovascular 
technician at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas 
City. She's also up to her ears with Jr. League 
Provisional work. 

Linda Guardabassi spent a leisurely sum- 
mer after graduation travelling on the East 
Coast visiting SBC girls and interviewing. In 
September she went to work for the Rouse 
Company of Columbia, MD, at the Hulen 
Mall in Ft. Worth. TX. where she is com- 
munity relations director, an advertising job. 



Peggy Haley is working at Newsteter's in 
Denver and is hoping to go to France this 
summer on the Experiment in International 
Living program, where she would be one of the 
leaders for college kids. 

Annie Hamilton is working at a travel agen- 
cy in Kansas City, mostly with groups, and 
loves it. 

Debi Hubble says the girls in Admissions 
were really busy this year, travelling, having 
lots of fun and trying to stay out of trouble. 

Kristy Judson is busy planning a November 
wedding. She and Jim will be living in the 
Cleveland area. She's working as an ar- 
chitectural representative for roofing 
materials for M. H. Judson and Assoc, in 
Cleveland. 

Betsy Kilborn started with Pan Am in May. 
1977, and is based in New York (City). She's 
travelling all over the world using her various 
languages. 

Glenn King Springer and John are living in 
Tuscaloosa, AL, where Glenn is "learning to 
keep house" and working in a shop that sells 
some antiques. 

Carla Kinney is at Xavier U. in Cincinnati, 
OH, doing grad work for a Master's in Health 
and Hospital Administration with a major 
concentration in management engineering. 
She will finish her academic work in August 
and start a one-year administrative residency 
at Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati. Fiance 
Alan was promoted and transferred to 
Cleveland, TN. where in February he bought a 
house, which he and Carla are busy fixing up. 
Carla's graduate work won't be completed un- 
til August 1979. so they're planning on an Oc- 
tober 1979 wedding. 

Lucy Kimbrough travelled for two months 
after graduation, going around the world. She 
is working in an analytical chemistry lab, 
mostly testing oils from airplanes and elec- 
trical transformers. She spends her spare time 
jogging and bike riding and visiting the or- 
thodondist getting a "mouth of stainless 
steel." 

Debbie Koss McCarthy and David bought a 
home in Charlotte, NC, in September and are 
having fun fixing it up. She is working as a 
paralegal for a large corporate law firm. 

Louise Lambert is working at B. Altman & 
Company in New York City, as assistant buyer 
in the toy department. 

Ebet Little is enjoying herself at Duke, 
working on a Master's in Business Ad- 
ministration. 

Treacy Markey is living and working in New 
York at Ziff-Davis Publishing Co. as the 
assistant editor in Home Furnishings for 
Modern Bride magazine. She's also working 
toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and 
taking courses at the New York School of In- 
terior Design. She and Kate Kelley '76 are 
living in a brownstone apartment six blocks 
from where Treacy works. 

Jane Mooney is working as a supervisor in 
the Safekeeping/Special Service Division at 
Continental Bank. This past fall she played 
field hockey for the North Shore Hockey Club. 

Anne Marshall is working on a Master's 
degree at the Virginia Institute of Marine 
Science in Gloucester Point, enjoying the 
people and having a great time. 

Stephanie Maxson is a legislative 
correspondent on Capitol Hill, working for 
Congressman Ketchum. 

Becky Mayer is working in Albert. MN, as a 
private tutor to a 12-year-old girl, and loves it. 
She lives on a huge ranch, with room, board 
and salary provided. 



Robin Holman Mills works in 2nd grade as 
a Title I teacher's aide. She and Alan bought a 
house in Paducah at Thanksgiving. 

Nancy Nichols Roe is redoing an old house 
in Crawfordsville, IN. Her roommate. Edie 
Durham (Corpus Christi). is getting married 
in June. 

Mary Palmer is working as an advertising 
public relations trainee at a firm in Nashville. 
She's living in an old house near Vanderbilt 
U. with a roommate who is an "insane per- 
son" and a nurse on the sex-change ward of 
Vanderbilt U. Hospital. Mary reports that 
Carrie Griscom is in gTad school at the U. of 
Ohio at Athens. 

Joy Ann Petro is working for a law firm in 
Washington. D.C., as secretary to head of the 
firm. 

Molly Reeb and Barb Clark are living in 
Norfolk, VA, where Molly is working for 
Merrill Lynch. Pierce. Fenner & Smith. 

Anne Rubel is a picture editor in the 
Special Publications Division of the National 
Geographic Society in Washington. D.C. She 
had her first picture published by National 
Geographic recently. Anne is also free- 
lancing as a model, a commercial illustrator 
and does oil paintings on commission. 

Jo Jo Scott is work on Capitol Hill for 
Congressman Charles Bennett of Florida. 

Jo Ella Schneider is living with Lyndi Cote 
in Alexandria. VA, and working as a special 
assistant in a lab at Georgetown U. in 
Washington, D.C. 

Ellen Sullivan is doing graduate work at 
Georgetown U. in biology. 

Marianela Soto went to Chile last summer, 
but was unable to find a job there because of 
the poor state of the economy. She's currently 
living in Chevy Chase, MD, taking several 
Child Psychology courses at George 
Washington U. and teaching art in a 
parochial school to grades 1 through 3. She's 
also doing therapy for learning-disabled 
children at a private school for exceptional 
children. 

Sarah Steel is living on her own in New 
York City, working for First Boston Cor- 
poration, an investment banking firm. She 
works with fixed income (corporate bond) 
research and loves it. 

Ellyn Tetlow was planning to be married in 
June. 

Beth Wade is at the UNC Chapel Hill grad 
school in math. She reports that she enjoys it 
but the "studying is rough." 

Tricia Waters is living in Boston with Ains- 
lie Jones '76 and working for a large law firm 
there. She and Ainslie visited Cheri Stipp in 
time for the Kentucky Derby and had a won- 
derful time. 

Libby White is now working for the 
American Horse Shows Assn. on Madison 
Avenue. 

Janet Williams has an apartment with Ellie 
Weld in New York and is the managment 
training program of IBM. 

Joan Stinnett Woody and Pat are in 
Madison Heights. VA. Joan is doing some 
substitute teaching and looking for a per- 
manent job. 

Parti Wornom is working towards a degree 
in Library Science at the U. of South Carolina. 

Stella Wright works for the Trust Company. 
Bank of Atlanta. 

Vivian Yamaguchi is hard at work as a first 
year law student at Loyola U. School of Law in 
Chicago, finding the classes exciting and in- 
teresting. 

25 



Journalism and the Liberal Arts: 



by Elder Witt Wellborn '67 



I firmly believe that vocational courses, of which 
journalism is an example, are out-of-place in a liberal 
arts college. The purpose of a liberal arts education is to 
broaden one's views and tastes by offering an oppor- 
tunity, in a limited time under expert direction, to 
sample a wide variety of disciplines and subjects. Jour- 
nalism courses are "how-to" courses, and I am not even 
an advocate of a graduate degree in journalism. 

My career is a compound one: writing and mothering 
(our daughter Rachel will be two and one-half in 
August). I feel I should fill in the "occupation" blank 
with "juggler," and that is the aspect of my life for which 
SBC prepared me. I never took a journalism course in 
my life; after ten years in the field I can honestly say I 
have never felt any lack. What I did need professional- 
ly. Sweet Briar gave me in full measure, surprisingly 
deep and long-lasting grounding in many areas from 
history of the drama to the Old Testament to American 
government to chemistry with a bit of thermodynamics 
thrown in. I never worked for a school publication after 
high school, neither at Sweet Briar nor at Chapel Hill 
(but was Phi Beta at UNO, nor held any offices at 
Sweet Briar. 

The Congressional Quarterly is a privately owned 
news service and book publisher which covers matters 
of Congress, government and politics. I tackle fairly 
complex subjects from the intricacies of the criminal 
law reform bill to the technicalities of secondary and 
tertiary recovery methods for worn-out oil and gas fields. 
I need to relate those facts and issues in everyday lan- 
guage. That I learned at Sweet Briar . . . 

If a person is truly interested in journalism, the best 
way to test that interest and begin acquiring the relevant 
skills is to go to the nearest respectable publication and 
get a part-time job or summer job and start learning! 
My luck was to start, the summer after my second year 
at SBC, as an intern with the Chattanooga Times, a job 
to which I returned three summers. I learned that work 
could be fun, and by watching and listening and being 
edited with care, I began to acquire the skills on which I 
am still working. So, I didn't have to pay for that on- 
the-job education, I got paid. And I didn't waste valuable 
academic hours learning those same things. I have come 
to value more than ever the flexibility of mind which a 
liberal arts education develops. It is of inestimable value 
for me to be able to slip immediately from the role of 
mother into the writer's role, to turn from Richard 
Scarry's Word Book to consideration of the Supreme 
Court's latest pronouncement on the states' powers of 
taxation, and vice-versa. 




—Washington, DC. Elder Witt Wellborn '67, writer-editor, the Con- 
gressional Quarterly. College major: Latin. Elder Wellborn's mother 
is Florence Bagley Witt '42 of Chattanooga, who is a former member 
of the Executive Board of the Alumnae Association. Elder's husband 
Stanley is associate editor of US News & World Report, where he writes 
about higher education, TV, communications, mental health and other 
subjects. 



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Two Comments 



by Susan Harte '61 




— Atlanta, GA. Susan Harte '61. M.A. in journalism, Univ. Georgia, 
1975; journalism instructor, DeKalb College, office manager of 
Atlanta bureau of Newsweek, editor of Georgia Commerical Post. 
published writer of theatre reviews, food columns, fiction, manuscript 
editor, promotor for GA Theatre Conference convention, business 
writer and ghost writer. Recipient of a NEH Fellowship, 1978, for 
work on "Individual Rights and the Public Good in Medical Treat- 
ment." 



As for journalism at Sweet Briar. I'd have these 
comments: the instructor should have a healthy 
helping, as varied as possible, of the real world. In this 
field, academics without reality are useless and distorted 
and vice-versa. The working journalist with limited aca- 
demic discipline can be an intellectual derelict on an 
ego trip at the expense of students. Such a course or 
courses might be geared to making good media con- 
sumers of students rather than toward pouring more 
people into a job market that is glutted and intensely 
competitive. 

Since late 1975 I've been working as an independent 
contractor for editorial and promotional services, hiring 
other writers, graphic artists, etc., as needed. My busi- 
ness involves only commercial writing, not "artsy" writ- 
ing, ranging from the simple brochure to the annual re- 
port, with stops in between at profiles of individuals for 
major magazines or newspapers. 

Trends indicate that the people who enjoy the most 
success are those who combine the thought processes 
of the highly educated with the practical skills of the 
craftsman. There are few degrees, even on the graduate 
level, that are ironclad guarantees of success in the work 
arena . . . If you anticipate working, then nothing offered 
you in college is irrelevant. The importance of broad, 
general knowledge will become self-evident and its 
benefits tangible when coupled with practical experience 
and a mature attitude. 

That experience is vitally important. I would think 
that any liberal arts student who works whenever pos- 
sible and who takes certain courses would manage to 
find interesting work. The work could be anything. The 
primary reason for it is to be able to have something on 
a resume besides the choir or debating society, some- 
thing that indicates that a foundation has been started. 
The courses that might complement a liberal arts cur- 
riculum include business, basic law, statistics, enough 
math to understand bottom-line business economics, 
and marketing, since every company utilizes marketing 
concepts in some way. It is also important to be practi- 
cally bi-lingual, meaning spoken French in addition to 
the ability to translate Rabelais. 

The mature attitude is harder to come by. For the 
beginning career woman, it probably means two things: 
knowing what can reasonably be expected from any 
vocational endeavor; and, a career-minded woman 
should prepare a loosely-structured set of goals that will 
allow her to decide when it is time for her to move on. 
Finally, let's understand that rampant feminism does 
none of us any good when it is shrouded in angry rheto- 
ric. Women who demand equal privileges will have an 
uphill battle for a long time to come; starters (beginners) 
should fully understand that doing a man's work means 
assuming a man's responsibility. 



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The International Flavor 
of Sweet Briar 



by Carolyn McKee 



• • I 'm studying economics at Sweet Briar because 

A I'm interested in going into international 
business, says Swee Lan Wong '81, whose father is in 
the export business in Malaysia. 

Michele Wajsbrot improves her English while doing 
research on institutions and communities in American 
life. She plans to teach English when she returns to her 
native France. 

"I'm concerned about the political situation in Bang- 
ladesh," says Subhi Ali '80. "That's partly why I am 
studying international relations here." 

Jeanette Mehl '78 of Mexico City studies dance, art 
history and economics at Sweet Briar. Her story, "The 
Stranded Shoes," has been published by the Institute 
for Children's Literature. She believes that "a writer 
should know about everything." 

These and 22 other international students from exotic 
places like Sri Lanka and Maracaibo come to Sweet 
Briar because they believe that Sweet Briar gives them 
better training and experience than do colleges and 
universities in their own countries. Elaine Arozarena 
'81, for example, is studying environmental sciences and 
hopes to return to Mexico to work in ecology. Juliette 
Cendron '81, whose family lives south of Paris, finds 
that Sweet Briar "gives me the kind of education I can't 
get in France. Here I don't have to specialize. My friends 
in France are going into the specialized universities 
there. But I'm not sure what I want to do yet. So I'm 
taking lots of different courses in English, biology and 
art." 

Juliette is not disappointed in her expectations about 
the kind of education Sweet Briar offers. She compares 
Sweet Briar's faculty to the image of the typical profes- 
sor at a Parisian university. "A couple of times a week 
the professor comes into the lecture hall, lectures and 
then leaves. That's all you see of him for the entire term. 
If there's something you don't understand in the lecture, 
you've got to figure it out for yourself. The teachers here 
aren't like that." French university students are ex- 
pected to pace themselves without much direct feedback 



in the form of homework, quizzes or classroom discus- 
sion. The test of their understanding comes only at 
the end of the course, when they pass an examination 
which may cover a year's material. 

Juliette isn't happy, however, with every aspect of 
American education: "American students expect to have 
A's and B's. They expect to be graded on the basis of the 
effort they put into their work. In France it's the results 
that count, not how much effort you put into it." 

The international students are truly international 
in the sense of having family or sororal ties in this coun- 
try as well as in their home countries. Two of this year's 
French students have American mothers. Jamila 
Champsi's '80 family, originally from western India, 
settled in Boston after being forced for political reasons 
to leave a home and business in East Africa. Teresa Tan 
'79 who grew up in Maracaibo, has been living with rela- 
tives and going to school in the United States since she 
was 14. Although she visits her parents in Venezuela 
once a year, she spends the summer holidays in the 
Northeast. Sandra Rappaccioli '80 has many American 
friends from her high school days in Atlanta, where her 
parents sent her after a major earthquake in Nicaragua 
closed the schools there. 

Those international students who don't have Ameri- 
can relatives here have a more difficult time. One home- 
sick student from the other side of the world visited 
relatives in Canada shortly after her arrival at Sweet 
Briar and never came back. Most of the students, how- 
ever, quickly make friends at Sweet Briar and in the 
community. Faculty members, Amherst and Lynchburg 
families, as well as the families of American students 
at Sweet Briar invite students to celebrate holidays with 
them. The Student Affairs Office is printing an infor- 
mation handbook for international students, and the 
students themselves have formed a club which meets 
to exchange news and plan off-campus activities. 

Foreign students' observations on life at Sweet Briar 
are sensitive, astute and as diverse as the nationalities 
represented. While many of them like the size and loca- 



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..'"*- 






Kathleen Kavanagh '74 



Four of Sweet Briar's international students for 1977-78 are shown 
above (left to right): Swee Ian Wong, from Malaysia; Sandra Rap- 
paccioli, from Nicaragua; Juliette Cendron, from France; Fariba 
Afshar-Bakeshley, from Iran. The complete list is appended below. 



tion of the College, others do not. Lay Theng Lee '80 
from Malaysia feels "surrounded and imprisoned by 
the enormous mountains of the Blue Ridge." Some 
foreign students feel isolated and complain that they 
have no means of transportation to leave campus. Fariba 
Afshar-Bakeshley '79 of Teheran criticizes the cost of 
travel in this country. "In Iran, outside of Teheran, 
you can take a taxi for eight cents anywhere you want 
to go!" Juliette Cendron is amazed by how much the 
students drive their cars. "Girls think nothing of driv- 
ing to Washington and Lee (an hour's drive) for an 
evening. We'd never do that in France," she says. 

The European students, as we might expect, have a 
sophisticated perception of the United States and of the 
American character. Valerie Dupont, whose mother is 
American and father French, describes the typical 
American girl as "naive," but quickly adds that "this is 
a stereotype, as everyone knows, of American girls. It's 
not really fair of me to say this, since I haven't been here 
long enough to form my own judgments." She observes 
that American students are very sure of themselves 
and also unreserved. "They talk about their personal 
lives to people they don't know. This is something a 
French person would not do." Many international stu- 
dents at Sweet Briar like our American lack-of-reserve 
and our friendliness. 



Afshar-Bakeshley, Fariba 


Iran 


All, Subhi 


Bangladesh 


Arozarena, Elaine 


Mexico 


Ateca, Carmen 


Puerto Rico 


Cendron, Juliette 


France 


Champsi, Jamila 


Zanzibar 


Dao, Hong Van 


Vietnam 


Dupont, Valerie 


France 


Hoyos, Patty 


Italy 


Icgoren, Nese 


Turkey 


Lee, Lay Theng 


Malaysia 


Luther, Carmini 


Sri Lanka 


Luther, Sharmini 


Sri Lanka 


McTaggart, Kathleen 


England 


Mehl, Jeanette 


Mexico 


Rappaccioli, Sandra 


Nicaragua 


Richani, Diana 


Venezuela (Beirut) 


Richani, Randa 


Venezuela (Beirut) 


Sahni, Lily 


Iran 


Senanayake, Shantini 


Sri Lanka 


Tan, Teresa 


Venezuela 


Teng, Annette 


Malaysia 


Wajsbrot, Michele 


France 


Weber, Marlene 


Philippines 


Wong, Swee Lan 


Malaysia 


Zurek, Julie 


Columbia 



29 



Chemistry is Alive and Well 



by John McClenon 



Tthe fortunes of chemistry have varied considerably 
in the thirteen years that I have been at Sweet 
Briar. At one point we had five staff members and 100 
students in the introductory course. Then degree re- 
quirements changed, instruments began to wear out and 
there was no money to replace them, the staff declined 
to two and one-half and enrollments in the introductory 
course dropped as low as 35. Throughout this period, 
however, the quality of the students taking chemistry 
remained high and the number of majors gradually 
began to increase. 

A dramatic improvement has occurred in the last two 
years. The first major event was the receipt of the 
Virginia Lazenby O'Hara bequest. Some of the income 
from this gift is designated for the purchase of scien- 
tific equipment. The chemistry department's share of 
this money was spent to replace the worn-out infrared 
spectrometer and to purchase a scanning ultraviolet- 
visible spectrometer and atomic absorption instrumen- 
tation. These instruments are used to determine how 
much and what kind of materials are present in a 
sample. Neither of the latter two instruments had pre- 
viously been available for our students. Dana Dotten '78 
and Pat Hoyos '79, both chemistry majors, did research 
projects using these instruments this past semester. At 
the present level of funding, we shall be able to pur- 
chase a major item of equipment every year or two and 
thus dramatically improve the quality of our holdings 
in this most important area of chemistry. 

In addition, the science departments jointly have 
purchased a laboratory computer with funds from the 
O'Hara bequest. This purchase will enable us to teach 
the techniques of instrument interfacing and computer 
control of experiments. This is undoubtedly the most 
rapidly expanding area in science today and this com- 
puter will put us near the forefront in the development 
of these systems. I'll be spending my sabbatical leave — 
1978-79 — developing programs which will enable us to 
use the computer in experimentation in the sciences. 




Professor of Chemistry John R. McClenon received the B.A. degree 
from Grinnell College and the Ph.D. degree from the University of 
California at L.A. in 1964. He is a member of the American Chemical 
Society, Sigma Xi, International Society for Thermal Analysis, the 
American Civil Liberties Union, the First Unitarian Church and the 
Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. 



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TRI-COLLEGE CENTER 
OFVIRGINIA 



The second major event in the renewal was catalyzed 
by the receipt of grants from the Camille and Henry 
Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., and from the National Science 
Foundation. These grants are for further development 
of the cooperative efforts among the chemistry depart- 
ments of Sweet Briar, Randolph-Macon Woman's Col- 
lege and Lynchburg College. This Tri-College Chemistry 
Consortium hopes to be able to maintain the identity of 
each department while moving toward solution of the 
problems of low enrollment in advanced courses, de- 
creased staff size and the rapidly increasing cost and 
variety of instruments which are necessary in order to 
offer an adequate major in chemistry. 

Members of the three departments began meeting 
ten years ago to start working out some of the diffi- 
culties, but the grants have enabled us to concentrate 
our efforts and accomplish a great deal in a short time. 
Last summer (1977) nine faculty members from the 
three colleges met for three weeks, eight hours a day, 
five days a week. If nothing else, we certainly came to 
know one another better! We agreed on the topics to be 
covered in each course so that a student from one col- 
lege who had the prerequisites for a course at another 
institution would have the necessary background for 
that course. We decided which courses to offer on a co- 
operative basis, struggled over problems of meals and 
transportation for students taking a course at another 
college, tried to work around the problem of schedul- 
ing courses into three of the most peculiar weekly sched- 
ules anywhere, agreed on dates for courses and work- 
shops which caused the minimum conflict with the 
calendars at the three colleges, decided what we would 
do if a course offered by one college had enrollment 
from the other colleges but none from the home campus. 



etc., etc., etc. Then, miracle of miracles! The deans and 
business managers from all three colleges agreed to 
these arrangements. We also conducted a logo contest; 
the winning design is printed with this article. (I won 
a prize for the most entries submitted.) 

As a result of this planning, the TCC (Tri-College 
Consortium) has offered two courses this year which 
previously had not been available on any of the three 
campuses. Radiochemistry was taught at Lynchburg 
College the first semester and Medicinal Chemistry 
was offered at Randolph-Macon this past spring. Two 
of our students took the latter course. In addition, we 
have given six workshops thus far on specialized topics: 
microprocessors, chemical literature, mass spectro- 
scopy, specific ion electrodes, theoretical spectroscopy 
and operation amplifiers. These sessions allowed us 
to deal in depth with topics that are not adequately 
covered in regular courses and to call on the expertise 
of one faculty member so that all of us, faculty and stu- 
dents alike, could learn together. 

Just a note about faculty research. Dr. Helen Gager, 
assistant professor of chemistry at Sweet Briar, and I 
have both received summer faculty research positions 
with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Since 
only 60 of these are given nationally, we are very pleased 
that both full-time members of the department received 
these awards. 

The combination of all of the above factors makes 
me optimistic about the future of chemistry at Sweet 
Briar. Expanded opportunity to take advanced courses, 
access to modern instrumentation and contact with a 
wide variety of specialists in the discipline should en- 
able us to continue to offer a sound major in chemistry 
at Sweet Briar. 



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A Comprehensive Exhibit 




The paintings, drawings, and photographs of 
five Sweet Briar seniors were on display in the gal- 
lery and lobby of Babcock Fine Arts Center in May. A 
variety of materials — oils, watercolors, graphite — and 
techniques — drawing, printing, and photography — were 
represented in the show, as well as a diversity of artistic 
themes from high representational works to sensitive 
explorations of form in space and intense expressions 
of mood and emotion. 

Movement of forms in space is the theme of a series 
of works by Barbara Behrens of New York, "Flying 
Low" and "Winter Stream" No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3, 
explore in different media the way certain natural forms, 
the arc of a bird's wing or the bend of a stream, move 



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through space. A more self-conscious and conceptual 
exploration of the same theme is "Graphicraft No. 32 
Normal Prespective Chart 2 Series IA," in which a 
highly contoured, three-dimensional still life is set 
against flat two-dimensional graph paper — "Graphi- 
craft No. 32" — thereby creating a surreal effect. 

Psychic, rather than conceptual or spatial, explora- 
tion is the concern of Mary K. Page of Vermont. Her 
abstract, expressionistic works, titled "Manic Depres- 
sive Psychoses: Manic Reaction and Depressive Reac- 
tion," "Wistful," "Pressured Contemplation," and 
"Loneliness," culminate in'a striking series of pieces titled 
"Self- Portrait," which represents a ghostly, larger-than- 
life figure floating a little above and in front of a chair. 






Hanging their Senior Exhibits is a partly ceremonial occasion and is accompanied by feelings of mixed apprehension (the jury, you know) and 
pride of accomplishment. The five seniors are: Mary Frank Saunders (opposite page); Barbara Behrens (top left); Lauren Place (top right); 
Katherine Powell (lower left); and Mary Page (lower right), all '78. 



Katherine Powell of Halifax, VA, combines her skill 
as a draughtsman with her interest in biology and med- 
icine to create highly detailed, accurate drawings of 
plants and human figures. 

"Moscow at Night" and "Zagorsk in Spring" capture 
the theme of Lauren Place's skillful drawings and paint- 
ings. Place, a New Yorker who visited Russia last year, 
creates a collage effect with images of traditional Rus- 
sia and modern Soviet Union in "Impressions of Rus- 
sia." "What Is His Sickness?" which would be an excel- 
lent illustration for a crusade against the abuses of 
vodka in Russia, was inspired by her discovery of a skid 
row of drunks in Moscow. Place Hopes to begin selling 
her work this year in a family antique and print shop 



in Nantucket. 

"Birds in Flight" is the first drawing and theme of 
work by Mary Saunders of Roanoke. Less interested in 
the specific details of different kinds of birds than in 
their expressive and emotional qualities, Saunders 
recreates the airy movement of birds in her delicate 
and imaginative pencil drawings. 

This exhibition is part of the comprehensive require- 
ment for the Sweet Briar degree in studio art. The stu- 
dent selects works from various courses with the major- 
ity of the works coming from advanced classes taken 
in her senior year. The visual arts program at Sweet 
Briar College is directed toward the study of the visual 
communication of original ideas and experiences. 



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the editor's 





Blood Tie: 

1978 National Book Award 



Mar; Lee Settle '40 is the winner of the 1978 National Book Award 
for her novel, Blood Tie. published by Houghton Mifflin. The author's 
eighth novel, it concerns a group of expatriate Europeans and Ameri- 
cans in a town on the Turkish coast. A New York Times reviewer said, 
"Even for an experienced novelist, even for a good writer, she has done 
a remarkable job of capturing the culture that is, in a sense, the most 
important character in her book." She has written for Paris Review, 
Harper's. Harper's Bazaar. Contact and other magazines and is the 
recipient of both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Merrill Foundation 
Award. 

Mary Lee has written seven previous novels: The Love Eaters, The 
Kiss of Kin. the Beulah trilogy: O Beulah Land. Know Nothing. Fight 
Night on a Sweet Saturday: The Clam Shell and Prisons. Her non- 
fiction includes All the Brave Promises, the account of her experiences 
in the World War II RAF Women's Auxiliary, and The Scopes Trial. 
All the Brave Promises, said the Times Literary Supplement, is "among 
the few really good books to come out of the second war." 

A native of Charleston, W.Va., Mary Lee has taught English at 
Bard College and this year has taught at The University in Charlottes- 
ville, where she now lives. 



Several years ago Mary Lee Settle wrote remem- 
brances of her Sweet Briar days (Alumnae Maga- 
zine, spring 1967). She said in part: 

It was the fall of the Roosevelt-Landon election in 
1936. We arrived at Sweet Briar as freshmen with cabin 
trunks from all over the country. Some of them had 
pasted labels — from ships, from hotels in London and 
Rome. I envied their possibility ... In the cabin trunks, 
for safety, were almost identical dresses. If we were 
lucky that year, we had black evening dresses. It was 
the year of veils, Hal Kemp. Astaire and Rogers, fitted 
black Chesterfields, and the word "sophistication." 

We were, under the camouflage, as tentative as colts. 
We watched each other for signs that we could be 
friends. We began to know where to walk, under the 
beautiful ripening of the trees in early fall. We walked 
in pairs, learning what we wanted each other to know, 
our new books balanced on our stomachs, our skirts 
twelve inches from our saddle shoes. Gradually a process 
took place, a melding. We wore our hair in pins during 
the week. Our sweaters and skirts were Shetland, in the 
mute colors of fruit. 

Softly, into our honey heads, there was a permeation 
of learning which I have never forgotten. Joseph Dexter 
Bennett spilled chalk on his suit. Almost imperceptively, 
he made us read Wordsworth. I remember reading/«?/- 
mations of Immortality from Recollections of Early 
Childhood alone in a classroom. Outside the leaves of 
late fall were blowing across the road toward the Inn. 

I remember hiding with books. There was an atmos- 
phere of study — underground, an intrigue of brains and 
talent and passion, suspected, derided then, blossoming 
in secret. We looked at the structure of the fall leaves 
under the microscopes of the botany lab. We pretended 



34 



"Softly, into our honey heads, 
there was a permeation of learning. . ." 



to be bored, but I have not forgotten their skeletal skeins, 
their breathing mouths . . . We strolled through the Dell 
to the frail voice teacher in a room in the gym, who tried 
to train away our regional accents. We listened to the 
Chapel Choir . . . We were opened to the religions of the 
world by Miss Benedict (Mrs. Rollins). She spoke gently 
and with passion, making us forget, as we listened to her, 
our demanded pre-occupations. I found, in the library, 
only three books of modern poetry. I shared them with 
two friends. Behind it all, Miss Young protected us well 
as she could against herding for convenience, against 
administrative blindness to our needs. 

All that was private. In the public of our rooms, and 
in the Inn, we talked about the University, Princeton, 
Yale. We chalked up invitations for weekends . . . They 
were the days of proms, bloody battlefields of "popu- 
larity," large orchestras, and dancing in long sweeps 
like Astaire and Rogers. In the Commons Room we 
smoked, played bridge, and danced together to break- 
able, thick 78 records on the phonograph. 

Near the time of examinations in the spring of that 
year, it was hot and scented with new growth, green 
and heavy. We recited German prepositions to each 
other in a kind of last day panic. They are, after so long, 
still in my head like a song, the meaning of which has 
been forgotten. But they bring back spring and girls, 
some tentative and lovely, some already frozen in their 
tense certainty, as resistant to growth and change as 
they would be for the rest of their lives, all waiting, 
lounged about the Arcades for the Refectory to open. 

I'm sure much of it is the same. Physical places have 
their own timeless character — the smell of buildings and 
the ground, the lushness of trees, small lamps over desks 
in the rooms, where heads are bent over pools of light 
... In my memory it is always the winter of 1936, which 



moved into 1937 as the spring became unbearably sen- 
suous and lovely over the country campus. 

That was thirty years ago. I have published my sixth 
book. It has been a long career and I have only begun it. 
Now I teach for part of the year at Bard College . . . 
Something has changed in the closed world of college, 
perhaps more so at Bard, but I believe, from what I hear 
of it, at Sweet Briar, too. I think it is good. I feel at home 
in it for the first time. It is against the weight of the older 
generation's anti-intellectual bias, against the old dis- 
trust of budding talent, an outflow of acceptance, a 
questing, a demand for questioning, for intelligence, for 
creative work. It is the generation of our children — a 
wonderful generation. We should take pride in them. 

They, too, have their mores, their fashions, their ges- 
tures. They have the same function as ours did — that 
of recognition of each other. ... I have learned much 
from my students and I am grateful for it. Wherever 
there is a student concerned, about his or her rights, 
about the institution, about self-expression, even about 
self- gratification, about the world, that student is not 
bored. Bored students are draining to teach. They 
destroy the ebullience on which live, creative teaching 
depends. They waste the time of their college, their 
faculty and their peers. This generation of students is 
not bored . . . 

Some of our children walk under the same trees at 
Sweet Briar, sit in the same class rooms, sun themselves 
in the spring in the same Dell, have fashions that only 
take the place of ours. But they are not us. Any attempt 
on our part to recreate our own lives through them is 
doomed to unhappy failure. They can be hurt by our 
misunderstanding. They can be forced to secrecy by our 
disapproval of their difference. . .They ask, simply, for 
our recognition and our respect. 



35 



They Wear the Rose 



"She who deserves the rose may wear it." Sweet 
Briar's motto describes many alumnae and students and 
perhaps all of them. But let's pick a few roses among the 
current students and members of the class of 1978: 

Margaret Laurent '78, a history major from Alex- 
andria, VA, was one often undergraduates awarded a 
Marshall Undergraduate Scholarship by the George C. 
Marshall Research Foundation. Maggie, who spent part 
of her junior year studying in Florence, Italy, used the 
grant to spend winter term for research on the Marshall 
Plan. Sponsored by the Amherst Rotary Club, Maggie 
received the Rotary Foundation Education Award and 
will spend nine months in Europe with all expenses paid 
by the Rotary Foundation. 

Deborah Snead '78 of Amherst presented a paper 
before the Phi Beta Kappa Intercollegiate Forum for 
the Commonwealth of Virginia in April. Her title was 
"The Legislative Process in the Virginia General Assem- 
bly: Formal and Informal Procedures." Deborah, a 
government and sociology major, worked as a legislative 
intern during several sessions of the Virginia General 
Assembly. She was a Sweet Briar Scholar, editor of the 
student handbook and member of Phi Beta Kappa. 

Amy Smith '79 of Williamsburg. VA, has been a key 
person in working for Sweet Briar's very own radio sta- 
tion. With help from administration, students, alumnae 
and Amherst radio station WK YY, SBC will have an 
FM, non-commercial educational station, WSBC. 

Susan Wright '78 of Madison Heights, VA, was a 
speaker at the April meeting of the 32nd annual Eastern 
Colleges Science Conference at Union College, Schnec- 
tady, NY. Her paper, "Reproductive Biology of the 
Water-Hemlock Cicuta maculata," was based on her 
studies at Mountain Lake, VA. 

The Anne Gary Pannell Prize in History. To encourage 
high standards of scholarship in history, this award was 
established in honor of the fifth president of the College 
by Miss Dorothy Stimson, visiting professor of history, 
1956. The fellowship is awarded annually to an out- 
standing senior history major who plans graduate study. 
Recipient: Eileen Paula Scully of New Rochelle, NY. 

The Connie M. Guion Award. In honor of Dr. Guion, 
Mr. and Mrs. J. Wilson Newman and their daughters 
Clare Newman Blanchard '60 and Mildred Newman 
Thayer '61 established this award to be given to a mem- 
ber of the graduating class "for excellence as a human 
being and as a member of the College." Recipient: 
Catherine Green Taylor of Richmond, VA. Catherine 
is the new alumnae representative to the Board of Over- 
seers for a two-year term. 



The Lawrence Nelson Award for Excellence in English. 

Established in 1971 in memory of Professor Nelson, 
the annual award is given to a senior chosen by the 
Department of English, for general excellence in Eng- 
lish. Recipient: Lenore Lee Cox of Lynchburg. Lenore 
is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was graduated magna 
cum laude. 

The Marcia Capron Award for Excellence in French. 

Established by Mr. John D. Capron in honor of his wife, 
this award is given to a senior for excellence in French. 
Recipient: Leigh Sumner Ramsay of Fairfax, VA. 

The Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award 
for Excellence in Economics. Recipient: Donna Kipp 
of Moorestown, NJ. 

The Emilie Watts McVea Scholar, class of 1978. Each 
year the College recognizes academic achievement by 
conferring upon the highest-ranking member of each 
class the honorary title of Emilie Watts McVea, a desig- 
nation which bears the name of the second president of 
Sweet Briar. Recipient: Katherine Carrington Powell 
of Halifax, VA. Katherine, a member of Phi Beta 
Kappa, was graduated summa cum laude. This is the 
second year that she has been the highest ranking mem- 
ber of her class. 

The Martha von Briesen Prize in Photography. Estab- 
lished by the Alumnae Association in honor of Martha 
von Briesen '31 and her many years of outstanding 
service to the College as Director of Public Relations. 
A prize of $25 is awarded to a graduating senior who 
has made outstanding achievements in the field of 
photography as a fine art. Recipient: Katherine Car- 
rington Powell. She graduated with a dual degree in 
studio art and biology. 

The Penelope Czarra Award. Established by the parents 
of Penelope Lane Czarra '75 to honor the senior who 
best combines scholastic achievement, student leader- 
ship and effective contributions to the improvement of 
the quality of student life at Sweet Briar. Recipient: 
Katherine Carrington Powell. 

The Jean Besselievre Boley Award. Established by the 
parents and husband of Jean B. Boley '35, to encourage 
interest in creative writing. The fund provides the 
prize of $100 to the student submitting the best short 
story entered in the annual competition. It may also 
provide a grant-in-aid for a junior or senior with 
demonstrated ability in creative writing who requires 
financial assistance and is recommended by the Dean. A 
Recipient: Alice Trout Hagan '79 of Roanoke, VA. * 



36 



Estate^ 

Planning 

News 



<Z/6ftC & WWL- frt Mca M*vrite_ . 



Increasingly Sweet Briar alumnae are entering into careers of independence 
and originality in which conformity to the usual corporate pattern is less and less a 
foregone conclusion. We have been on the look-out for some time for a group term 
life insurance policy which could be made available to our alumnae, their husbands 
and dependents. For individuals on their own in business or young couples not yet 
far enough along to have a permanent insurance program sufficient to cover their 
immediate obligations, term insurance is a boon to peace of mind. We have found in 
NEAT (New England Alumni Trust) the program we've been looking for. It provides 
term insurance individually tailored from $5,000 to $50,000 at rates comparing favor- 
ably with any offered elsewhere. It is underwritten by one of the leading insurance 
companies in the country and its participants include more than fifty leading colleges 
and universities. 

Shortly you will be receiving a mailing from NEAT. We suggest that you look 
at it very carefully to see if it serves your needs. Compare it to similar coverages of- 
fered through your job or independently. You may find that it provides yet another re- 
inforcement in "doing your own thing" and keeps you from living as dangerously as 
you would if you had no corporate group available. Many of us who have opened 
shops or are teaching particular skills or doing other adventurous and creative things 
have had to borrow money or at least use capital that might otherwise be earmarked 
for children's education, support of aged parents, etc. Therefore it is essential for the 
family finances that these risks be covered by insurance. When you have survived 
your time of greatest risk, and your income is steady, then you can convert your Group 
Term to Permanent insurance with several options as to how that can be handled, 
both for your own benefit and for Sweet Briar. We will deal with that phase in suc- 
ceeding messages. 

For now, take a good long look at the material which will be mailed to you about 
NEAT. Besides being low-cost group insurance from reliable sources and having the 
back-up of other colleges already participating, there will be a small dividend com- 
ing to Sweet Briar. This may never be a large amount, but it may serve to make pos- 
sible some special project from time to time. As ready as we are to swallow up new 
funds for new ideas, the thing that gives us joy is that NEAT provides yet another 
service to you as an alumna that would not be as readily available to you if you had 
not been blessed with a Sweet Briar education. 



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Office of Estate Planning 
Sweet Briar College 
Sweet Briar, Va. 24595 



Sweet Briar Alumnae Council 

October 9-11, 1978 



Tentative Schedule 



Morning 



12:00 noon 
1:30 p.m. 

2:30 



4:00 
7:00 
8:30 



Regional Committee; Nominating Committee; Alumnae 
Representatives Committee; Finance Committee; Alumnae 
Fund Committee; Estate Planning Committee 
Lunch with students 

Annual Meeting of the Alumnae Association 

Administrative Panel: Harold B. Whiteman Jr., President; 

Beatrice P. Patt, Dean; Elizabeth Bon d Wood, Vice President, 
Office of Development and College Relations; Peter V. Daniel, 
Vice-President and Treasurer 

Party for alumnae and students who are alumnae relatives 

Dinner 

Student Panel 



9:00 a.m. 
10:30 

12:00 noon 
12:30 

1:30 p.m. 

2:30 

3:00 

4:30 

5:30 

7:00 

8:30 



10:00 a.m. 
12:30 p.m. 
1:30 



Bulb Project Workshop 

Alumnae Representatives Workshop 

Service of Rememberance — Memorial Chapel 

Lunch 

Fund Agents' Workshop 

Estate Planning Workshop 

Club Presidents' Workshop 

Publications Committee 

Cocktails with the faculty 

Dinner 

Faculty Panel 



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"We shall not cease from our exploration 
And the end of all our exploring 
Will be to arrive where we started from 
And know the place for the first time." 

— T.S. Eliot 



Christmas Hope 



It is said that mankind lives as we hope and hopes as we live, but the paradox 
about hope is that in order to see it at its strongest, we must look where there seem 
to be no grounds for hope at all. Christmas, coming just at the end of our year, is the 
time above all for hoping and the renewal of hope. "The night is gone, the day is at 
hand." 



Edith and Harold Whiteman 
Sweet Briar House 
Christmas, 1978 



Volume 49, Number 2; Winter 78-79 
Editor: Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47 
Managing Editor: Ann Morrison Reams '42 
Class Notes Editor: Carolyn Bates 




Alumnae Magazine • Winter 1978-79 

2 Calculus, Correlations and Carrie 
Computer 
by Judith M. Elkins 
4 The Dream House Comes to Life 
by Julia Sadler de Coligny '34 
10 Adaptive Swimming 
by Bonnie Jackson 
12 A Visit to Alumnae Council 

15 "Hello! Dolly!" 

16 Letters to the Editor 
16 Briar Patches 

24 Profiles: She Began With a Box 

Camera 
34 SBC Alumnae Notices 
36 Annual Fund Report 

39 Alumnae in the News 

40 Two Retirements: 
Librarian of All Seasons 

by Martha von Briesen '31 and 

Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47 
Historian of All Arts 

by Aileen H. Laing '57 
42 Ambassadors-At-Large 

by Dorothy Woods McLeod '58 
44 The Compleat Cook 

by Kathryn Barnes Hendricks '70 
46 The Editor's Room: November 1918 



Issued four times yearly; fall, winter, spring and summer by Sweet 
Briar College. Second class postage paid at Sweet Briar, Virginia 
24595. Telephone (804) 381-5513. Printed by J.P. Bell, Lynch- 
burg, VA. Send form 3579 to Sweet Briar College, Box E, Sweet 
Briar, VA 24595. 



COVER: Many Alumnae Council members joined contemporary 
students in a little nostalgic step-singing during a break in the Oc- 
tober meetings. The class songs were new, of course, and in instances 
were both appealing and encouraging. For example, the Class of '82 
raised voice to sing: "We're the Freshman Class/And we'd like to 
say /That we love it here/ And we plan to stay ..." Photograph by 
David Abrams; for others of Council scenes, turn to page 12. 



Calculus, Correlations and Carrie Computer 

by Judith M. Elkins 



Has the mathematics department changed since 
Mary Ann Lee was here? At first, visiting alum- 
nae may find it difficult to get an answer because the 
department is no longer on the third floor of Fletcher. 
We have moved to the Connie M. Guion Science Build- 
ing, with offices on the top floor, the mathematics li- 
brary collection in the Guion Science Library and the 
computer terminal room in the basement. Some of our 
majors wear tee-shirts which proclaim to the rest of 
the College, 'TD RATHER BE IN GUION!" 

Now that we have been found by the Alumnae Maga- 
zine, other changes are easily discovered. A survey of 
Courses of Instruction from 1960 to 1979 reveals an 
increase in the computer science and statistics courses 
and the importance of the computer in mathematics in- 
struction. The phrases, "computer simulation programs 
illustrating the theoretical concepts" and "Prerequisite: 
. . .FORTRAN programming," in our current course 
listings, capture the flavor of these changes. The FOR- 
TRAN course is now required for math majors and both 
FORTRAN and BASIC programming remain popular 
electives for non-majors. Miss Lee's IN and OUT baskets 
may have disappeared but shelves are piled high with 
printouts and students still line up outside the office 
doors when bugs invade their programs. There is little 
doubt Miss Lee would feel completely at home. 



The early seventies was a period of high turnover 
for the mathematics faculty. Assistant Professor 
John Daughtry is now our "old hand," having come 
to the College in 1973 as a new Ph.D. from the University 
of Virginia. Sandra Herring Goldberg '74 returned as 
Instructor last year after completing her M.A. at the 
University and has now moved to Raleigh-Durham to do 
graduate work in computer science. The new Assistant 
Professor in the department is Brian Shelburne, who 
just finished his doctorate at Duke University and has 
been on campus since the beginning of summer. Balanc- 
ing all this youth and enthusiasm is the really old hand, 
me. 

Enrollment in mathematics is increasing. More than 
half the students now take at least one math course be- 
fore graduation and the new distribution requirements 
(as described in the Winter, 1977-78, issue) will cause 
a further increase. Many students recognize that mathe- 
matics and computer literacy are required for the pro- 
grams and careers of their choice. Students in the math 
department now are very likely to be joint majors with 



economics, physics, psychology or chemistry. Fewer are 
interested in teaching or graduate study in theoretical 
mathematics than in the past, while most enjoy working 
with computers and find positions in the computer 
industry. 

Academic use of the computer has really expanded on 
Sweet Briar campus. Computer-based instruction is 
used by the social sciences, particularly for statistical 
analysis of data. Psychology students use programs de- 
veloped by Dr. Phyllis Stevens to do their homework for 
the psych statistics course while biology students simu- 
late the behavior of cell membranes and the frequency 
of genetic defects by means of computer models. Within 
the physical sciences we see the students running com- 
puter simulations of laboratory experiments, studying 
relations between force and motion and determining 
energy levels. Students in environmental studies will be 
modelling pollution problems and trends in the popula- 
tion growth. 



But the mathematics department remains the heav- 
iest user. In addition to the programming courses 
elected by 50 students each year, the courses in numer- 
ical analysis and linear programming concentrate on 
problems which have computer-implemented solutions. 
Last year the Anonymous Science Fund enabled us to 
purchase an X-Y plotter which produces two- and three- 
dimensional graphs. The instructions for this device re- 
side in the memory of the computer. Plotter graphs assist 
in the study of sequence convergence, analytical geom- 
etry and functions of several variables. 

A current generation computer, purchased this year 
by the three-college consortium (The others are Lynch- 
burg College and Randolph-Macon Woman's College), 
is now running at the Tri-College Computer Center in 
Lynchburg. Increased computer use on all three cam- 
puses had exceeded the disc storage capacity of the old 
Honeywell and NCR computers and their limited cap- 
abilities severely hindered our use of the software systems 

Judie Elkins is Associate Professor and Chairman of (he Mathematics 
Department, having arrived at Sweet Briar in 197S after teaching at 
Mount Holyoke; California State University, San Diego; Rutgers, 
the State University of New Jersey; and Ohio State University. She 
earned a B.A. from Wellesley, an M.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from 
the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her husband Bryce commutes 
weekly between Sweet Briar and Falls Church, where he is Manager 
of Special Programs in (he Systems Division of Computer Science 
Corporation. They have seven-year-old twins of mixed gender and an- 
other daughter, age ten. 



David Abrams 




High spirits and hard work were the two outstanding characteristics 
of the team of six students and two faculty members who worked 
with the new DECsystem 2040 computer last summer. Gathered 
around a CRT terminal in a Fall Term reunion photograph are (top 
row, from left) Gay Goracci '79; Lisa Ward '80, daughter of Sloan 
Hawkins Ward '44; Susan Andrews '79, sister of Elisabeth An- 
drews Watts '74; (middle row, on left) Fran McClung '80, daughter 
of Margaret Graves McClung 'S3 and granddaughter of the late 
Margaret Burwell Graves '23; Swee Wong '81; (bottom, from left) 
Brian Shelburne and the author. The CRT screen is saying, "WE 
ARE THE COMPUTER BUMS OF SWEET BRIAR. FOR MORE 
INFORMATION ON COMPUTER BUMS AND COMPUTERS, 
LOOK INSIDE." 



developed elsewhere. Hence our new DEC system 2040 
has been eagerly awaited for years. It can process the 
concurrent requests of 32 users and its expanded disc 
storage will accommodate student, faculty and adminis- 
trative programs. The message transmission speed has 
already tripled and can be increased even more, a bene- 
fit which is especially important for effective use of 
computer-assisted instruction. The more sophisticated 
language and system capabilities of this modern com- 
puter compare well with the best available at other 
institutions. 

The improvements to the computer facilities on the 
Sweet Briar campus will please its users. The teletype 
terminals which have clunked slowly and loudly for years 
have been banished; in their place are fast, quiet DEC- 
writer teminals. Extensive remodeling has converted 
room 06 in the basement of Guion into a modern termi- 
nal room equipped with the DECwriters, a "smart" video 
teminal and the X-Y plotter. Additional DECwriters 
are in Benedict to accommodate the social sciences. 



Conversion to any new computer system is always 
a problem. Fortunately the Alfred Sloan Founda- 
tion agreed with that contention and funded my proposal 
for an eight-week summer project. Six students with 
strong backgrounds in mathematics and computer pro- 
gramming worked with Dr. Shelburne and me, convert- 
ing programs used by the departments of biology, eco- 
nomics, government, mathematics, physics, psychology 
and sociology. The self-styled "Computer Bums" were 
math-econ majors Susan Andrews "79, Fran McClung 
'80 and Swee Wong '81; math-physics majors 
Lisa Ward '80 and Susan Richeson '81; and math- 
biochem major Gay Goracci '79. We all learned the new 
operating system and programming languages for the 
DEC system 2040, now known familiarly as Carrie 
Computer. Carrie was the center of our attention during 
the two summer months and she starred in our video 
tapes which will introduce the new system to the rest 
of the College. If the video tapes are not enough, the 
six Computer Bums, "Boss" (Brian Shelburne) and 
"Head Counselor" (me) are the campus consultants 
for the rest of the community which met Carrie Com- 
puter in September. 

We recognize the need for more exposure to computers 
in our curriculum. Dr. Shelburne is preparing a second 
level course in computer organization and programming 
applications. Dr. Daughtry will incorporate MINITAB, 
an educational statistics package available on our com- 
puter system, in both the social science statistics course 
and the mathematical statistics course. His work this 
summer was part of the extensive faculty activity sup- 
ported by a large National Science Foundation grant 
received by the College and directed by Dr. Stevens. 
But that is another story. 

In summary: The mathematics program at Sweet 
Briar is moving ahead rapidly in directions clearly seen 
as necessary by Miss Lee many years ago. We are all of 
us delighted to be a part of it. 



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The Dream House Comes To Life 



by Julia Sad/er de Coligny '34 
Assistant Director, VCCA 



When the Winter '77 Alumnae Magazine described 
"Aunt Lilybell's Dream House," the Virginia 
Center for the Creative Arts had had two successful sum- 
mers on the Sweet Briar campus, and the hope was that a 
permanent year-round home for the VCCA would be 
provided at Mt. San Angelo. The Dream House has 
become a reality and this is to tell you the exciting story 
of what is happening over there. In November, 1977, 
the Boards of Directors of the VCCA and Sweet Briar 
signed a twenty-five year lease whereby the College would 
provide water and the septic system, 75 percent of the 
cost of renovations to the exterior of the mansion, and 50 
percent of the cost of a new roof on the barn. The Vir- 
ginia Center for the Creative Arts would be responsible 
for all interior renovations of both the mansion and the 
barn and maintenance of both facilities and surrounding 
grounds. The VCAA would be responsible for its own 
financial support. 

The Board of Directors of the Virginia Center for the 
Creative Arts has twenty-seven members. Originally they 
were all from Charlottesville and environs because that 



was where it all began. It was modeled on the MacDowell 
Colony of Peterborough, N.H., where several of the 
founders had been residents. Now that the VCCA has 
made new beginnings and attracts artists from all over 
the United States and foreign countries, it is appropriate 
that membership on the Board include prominent 
patrons of the arts from New York, Florida, Richmond, 
Lynchburg and Roanoke as well as Charlottesville. Mrs. 
James L. Camp, III, from Charlottesville, is the Presi- 
dent. She has no direct Sweet Briar connection but is 
extremely enthusiastic and supportive of the idea. There 
are two Sweet Briar alumnae on the Board: Julia Gray 
Saunders Michaux '29, of Richmond; and Nancy Bean 
Hector '43, of Coconut Grove, FL; one alumna husband, 
Milton Glaser (married to Nancy Goldbarth '42), of 
Richmond; one student grandfather, Robert F. Wil- 
liams (grandfather of Sarah Martin '81), of Richmond; 
and one Sweet Briar Board member's wife, Mrs. John 
Rogan. In time, we hope there will be many more Sweet 
Briar alumnae and their families who will want to be- 
come involved. 



BUI Lane (or I he Richmond Times • DKpalt h 




VCCA Director William Smart (above, left) and writer Ronald Bean demonstrate the 
maxim that creative work is done best when one elevates the feet to improve circula- 
tion to the brain. While in residence at Mount San Angelo Bean worked on a commis- 
sioned book about sniper terrorism in the United States. He is an instructor in English at 
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. The drawing on the opposite page by 
VCCA Fellow Drudie Davis shows how the old mansion will look after current refur- 
bishment is completed. 



The work of preparing bedrooms and studios was 
begun immediately in October, 1977, and the Di- 
rector, William Smart, who is also Associate Professor of 
English at Sweet Briar, announced that the Center would 
open on January 1, 1978. In spite of delays caused most- 
ly by weather, that schedule was adhered to, and the 
Center has operated at full capacity ever since. At first 
that capacity was only six artists and writers; then nine 
and now twelve. There is a private bedroom and studio 
for each artist. The reception rooms are comfortably 
furnished with pieces ranging in quality from Early 
Attic to genuine antique. The dining room has a sturdy 
and handsome refectory table ($10 from government 
surplus!)large enough for all the artists to dine to- 
gether for their evening meal on china bought from Meta 
Glass dining room when they replaced theirs. The large 
kitchen and pantry are equipped with a creditable supply 
of appliances gleaned from gifts of friends, auctions 
and the government surplus warehouse. The springs 
and mattresses are a gift from the Stephens (Elynor 
Neblett '57 and Sophomore Elynor) at Tide's Inn. The 



Carrington Williams (Emory Gill '40) gave their parlor 
grand when they started a new career in Whitestone. 
Nancy Day McCammond '50 gave us an oversized an- 
tique server which looks perfect in the dining room. 
Seymour Langhon Rennolds '51 gave an Italian bench. 
Nancy Goldbarth Glaser '42, whose husband serves on 
the VCCA Board, collected useful pieces from her own 
and others' homes in Richmond, including cast-off 
draperies from a friend's newly decorated business 
offices. 

Out at the barn the water finally began to flow after 
a long slow wait with ditches and disconnected pipes. 
That provided the necessary plumbing to accommodate 
the large high-ceilinged studios for painters and the 
sound-proofed studios for writers. The composer's 
studio is in the little house at the left end of the barn 
separated from the main building by a breezeway. His 
or her sleeping quarters are in the same area; above 
a painter's studio where the grooms used to stay, there 
is a small but charming apartment for Steve Humphrey, 
Public Relations Coordinator, and his wife, who works 




This painting studio 
over the stable is a 
suitably austere work 
environment for VCCA 
Fellow Christine Griffin, 
a free-lance artist from 
New York City. Like all 
the Fellows, Griffin had 
a bedroom in the main 
house. 



for Lynchburg College. Jane Tamburr, wife of Carl 
Tamburr of the Sweet Briar English Department fac- 
ulty, has been serving as Bill Smart's Administrative 
Assistant since the beginning. Their cook for the first 
six months was Charles Efird, who has been a full- 
time student at Sweet Briar for a season on his way to 
graduation from Hampden-Sydney and a Master's 
degree in Early Childhood Education at Lynchburg 
College. Charles, a dedicated vegetarian, did all he could 
to educate the artists toward a more nutritious diet for 
the six months he waited for a teaching position. When 
he departed, an ad for his replacement was miraculously 
answered by Mary Christian, who cooked for the Barrows 
for twenty years when they owned Mt. San Angelo. She 



is happy to be back, and they are happy to have her. 
CETA workers have painted the walls and pruned 
and cleaned and raked and beautified the long-neglected 
grounds until Mt. San Angelo does indeed look like 
Aunt Lilybell's Dream House come to life. There was 
a cocktail party to show off the interior last August and 
have the artists meet some of the friends of the VCCA, 
and it was an occasion to be proud of. 



Now who, you will ask, has been enjoying these fab- 
ulous facilities? There would have to be a special 
edition of the magazine to do justice to the Fellows who 




The walk between the 
stable and the main 
house is good exercise 
for Fellow Kelly Cherry, 
a poet and novelist who 
used her tenure at 
Mount San Angelo to 
produce some 800 
pages of manuscript for 
two new novels. 



Composer George 

Costinesco is normally 
a resident of New York 
City where the Depart- 
ment of Parks and 
Recreation recently 

used one of his pieces in 
a music program for 
the public. His wife was 
also a Fellow. 




have already been or are coming. Their applications are 
screened and their credentials examined by profes- 
sionals, some of whom are from the Sweet Briar art 
and music faculties, the Chairman of the Art Depart- 
ment at Virginia Commonwealth University, and writers 
from the English faculty of the University of Virginia. 
They are accepted on the basis not only of past achieve- 
ment but also predicted accomplishment. They pay up to 
$70 per week for room, board and studio space, but 
abatements are granted when worthy applicants are 
unable to pay the full amount. 

Although it is not part of their commitment, many 
have proven their willingness to share their works in 
progress with students and faculty. Jacques Hnizdovsky, 



Poet Peter Klapper (at 
the head of the refectory 
table) and author Wil- 
liam Craig share the 
solitude of the informal 
brunch that constitutes 
the early Sunday meal 
in the dining room of 
the main house at Mi. 
San Angelo. 



a world -renowned graphics artist from the Ukraine and 
now living in Riverdale, N.Y., showed his own film on 
"The Making of a Woodcut;" Jean Gould, author of 
Robert Frost: The Aim Was Song, and 13 other books, 
shared with a Sweet Briar audience some of her experi- 
ences in collecting material for her current book. 
Modern American Women Poets. William Craig, author 
of The Fall of Japan, The Tashkent Crisis, Enemy at 
the Gates, and The Strasbourg Legacy, spoke at Sweet 
Briar on his preoccupation with man's power to endure 
the unendurable. He is working to meet G.P. Putnam's 
deadline for his mammoth work on the history of 
Auschwitz. Peter Klappert. the recipient of the Yale 
Younger Poets' Prize in 1970. has been a lecturer at 

BUI Lane for the Richmond Times- Dispatch 






For both Kelly Cherry (above) and Martha Collins (right) the typewriter and the ability 
to use it form a basic tool of their art. While she was a VCCA Fellow, Collins produc- 
ed a book of poetry; after her Mount San Angelo residence she returned to the 
University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she is Associate Professor of English. 



Sweet Briar earlier and was a Fellow at the VCCA for 
two sessions in 1978. Having been writer-in-residence 
and Assistant Professor at William & Mary for two 
years, he is now Assistant Professor of English at George 
Mason University. 

Victor Perrera was among the first to come to Mt. 
San Angelo in the midst of winter weather. He came in 
the dual role of VCCA Fellow and Nida Tomlin Watts 
Lecturer in Creative Writing. He was working on a book 
on the Lacondon Mayas, having previously published 
The Loch Ness Monster Watchers and numerous articles 
in The Nation, Antioch Review and others. He lectured 
on campus, read from his work in progress and spent 
informal time in writing classes with students. 

Not all of the Fellows have been here while students 
were on campus. For the third summer the VCCA Fel- 
lows were invited to participate in the program of the 
Governor's School for the Gifted at Randolph-Macon, 
and they did so with great enjoyment. Of unusual interest 
was Kelly Cherry, who was born in Richmond, the 
daughter of Milton Cherry and his wife, both prominent 
in the field of chamber music. Kelly was graduated from 
Mary Washington College and did her graduate work at 
the U. of Va. She is currently writer-in-residence at 
the University of Wisconsin and includes among her 
publications: Sick and Full of Burning (1974; Lovers 



and Agnostics (poetry. 1975); Relativity: A Point of View 
(poetry, 1977); Conversion, A Chapbook of Fiction 
(1978); and her forthcoming novel, Augusta Played. 

A resident painter from far away was Mil Lubroth, 
who has been Chairman of the Department of Art and 
Humanities at the American Government School in 
Madrid since 1958. Her paintings hang in the Smith- 
sonian, The Kennedy Center, The White House, 
UNICEF: UNESCO, and other collections in the U.S. 
and abroad. 

Arthur Anderson, who taught with Dr. Richard Row- 
land at Rollins and with Mr. Smart at Skidmore, is 
now Chairman of the Department of Fine and Perform- 
ing Arts at York College (CUNY). He received his BFA 
at Yale and has had exhibitions at Middlebury, Skid- 
more. Cornell, Yale and many others. He was in resi- 
dence at Mt. San Angelo most of the summer. 

We have had two Sweet Briar alumnae as Fellows: 
Elizabeth Meade Howard '60, a journalist living in 
Charlottesville, who received the Va. Press Assn. Award 
in '72, and Jan Haagensen '68, who completed the re- 
quirements for her Ph.D. at U. Conn, while she was a 
Fellow in summer of '76. Her latest publication is Like 
a Diamond Back in the Trunk of a Witness' Buick. 
Two teams of husband composer and wife painter were 
Gheorghe and Silvelin Costinesco and David and 



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John Earle (left), nature photographer, has taught at Sweet Briar and was also a 
VCCA Fellow. His work has appeared in The National Geographic and he is the 
author of John Muir's Longest Walk. Sculptor Catherine Widgery (above) learned to 
weld while making The Embrace: she has also produced some handsome work in 
wood. Originally a Fellow, she is now at Mount San Angelo as a VCCA staff member. 



Barbara Hollister. The Hollisters had to leave early 
for him to accept a teaching post at Hofstra University. 
Other composers who have been Fellows so far have 
been Kathleen St. John whose Fleur de Lys had its world 
premier on campus during the Festival of the Arts in 
April 1977; Robert Fleisher from the University of 
Illinois; Gerald Levinson, Professor of Music at Swarth- 
more, who came to work on chamber music honoring 
Messiaen, commissioned by the Festivale Internationale 
de Musique, Besancon, France; and John Diercks, 
well-known in this area as Professor and Chairman of 
the Department of Music at Hollins College and music 
critic of the Roanoke Times. 

The support for the VCCA, in addition to private 
contributions, has come from grants The National 
Endowment for the Arts, the Va. Commission for the 
Arts and Humanities, and such private foundations as 
the J.L. Camp Foundation, the George and Effie Seay 
Foundation, the Bay Foundation, the Bedminster Fund, 
and the Seth Sprague Foundation. In order to assure 
the stability of the operation of Mt. San Angelo as the 
permanent home of the VCCA, there must be a cam- 
paign for funds to build an endowment. It is the hope of 
the VCCA that Sweet Briar alumnae, realizing the great 
potential of value to the entire college family to have a 



successful and respected artists' colony operating on its 
property, will want to have a part in the action. The next 
dream may be a program of continuing education where- 
by alumnae and friends may come for periods of resi- 
dence on campus in the summer to renew their skills in 
the creative arts under pre-arranged tutelage of the 
resident professionals at Mt. San Angleo. 

Meanwhile, the signs are very promising. One of the 
goals of this year's President of Student Government, 
Mary Harris '79, is to make students more aware of the 
VCCA. The SGA will sponsor monthly afternoon ses- 
sions with the Fellows in residence. Diane Moran, 
Instructor in Art History, is already planning to hang 
an exhibit of works by VCCA resident painters for the 
students. A great future awaits this unique combination 
of liberal arts college and artists' colony, the only one of 
its kind. We already have something to tell the world 
about, even though there's still a long way to go. There 
is a new brochure available, which will be sent you upon 
request. Write to: 



The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts 
Box VCCA 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595 



Adaptive Swimming 



by 

B onnie Jackson 



Kilhlecn K.v.n.gh '74 




Swimming, splashing, floating — the sheer exuber- 
ance of water play — are new experiences for a 
group of handicapped school children who took swim- 
ming lessons in the Elizabeth and Charles Prothro Nata- 
torium at Sweet Briar. 

Beginning last April and continuing through May, 
nearly 40 Amherst school children participated in Sweet 
Briar's adaptive aquatics classes as part of the Lynch- 
burg YWCA program of physical development for the 
handicapped. In order to teach the classes, Sweet Briar 
student-volunteers were trained by members of the Y 
staff. 

The children, ranging in age from six to 21, are handi- 
capped as a result of a variety of ailments, including 
cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, Down's 
syndrome, various types of degrees of brain damage and 
other disabilities. 

For the past six years, Mrs. Pat Luth, director of 
physical development for the handicapped at the YWCA, 
has sponsored such programs in swimming-skill develop- 
ment for these Lynchburg and Amherst children. Am- 
herst children had previously been transported to pools 
in Lynchburg but the program grew until it could no 
longer accommodate groups from beyond the city limits. 
With the opening of the new swimming facility at Sweet 



Briar, Amherst children once again are able to enjoy 
the benefits of the YWCA program. 

The class sessions are of 45 minutes' duration. Each 
class begins with a water game, usually "Hokey Pokey." 
This helps to relax the children and get them used to the 
water. Student instructors then work with them on a one- 
to-one basis, helping them become familiar with basic 
swimming skills. The children begin with simple tasks 
like "being comfortable in water of shoulder depth," 
"walking in the water," and "blowing bubbles." 
Later they progress to more advanced techniques, such 
as the crawl stroke and jumping and diving into deep 
water, which in the Prothro pool is more than 13 feet. 
Each session closes with "show-off time," when each 
child demonstrates before the group a favorite skill of 
that day. The enthusiastic applause and individual 
recognition given each of the children leaves them with 
positive feelings about themselves and their achieve- 
ments as they return to school, eagerly looking forward 
to their next swim session. 

Bonnie Jackson, Director of Aquatics and coach of the Sweet Briar 
swim team, led her new varsity squad to the Virginia Small College 
championship this year. She earned a B.A. in philosophy in 1974 and 
this year received her master's degree from the Divinity School; both 
degrees are from Yale University. 



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Kathleen Ka«anagh '74 




What kinds of benefits do these children derive 
from adaptive swimming therapy? "We work 
mostly in the water to encourage muscle movement and 
perceptual motor development, emphasizing therapy on 
the part of the child's body that may be most afflicted," 
Mrs. Luth explained. 

For example, 16-year old Henry (not his real name), 
who is extremely overweight, has little mobility on land. 
The joy expressed in his beaming face when he was able 
to float, move his arms and flutter-kick with the patient 
encouragment of his student instructor was a gratifying 
sight. The buoying effect of the water enables children 
to do things they could never manage on land. For the 
more severely handicapped, those for whom the coordin- 
ation required for swimming is beyond reasonable ex- 
pectation, the classes serve to improve muscle tone and 
circulation and provide a social experience unavailable 
to them elsewhere. Some are also given the opportunity 
to learn to dress and undress themselves. Perhaps the 
greatest benefit derived from the program is the close 
personal association with a special person who cares 
enough to devote an hour of her time every week to the 
program. 

The handicapped children are by no means the 
only ones to benefit from these classes. Working 
with these special children was a tremendous learning 
experience for the Sweet Briar students as well as for 
Miss Macdonald (chairman of the department of physi- 
cal education) and for me. Working with a child whose 
attention span may last for less than 15 seconds can be 
frustrating. It is not easy to communicate with many 
of the afflicted children; patience, ingenuity and creativ- 
ity are constantly demanded. 

The rewards are commensurate with the invested 
effort. We left the sessions with a sense of having done 
something truly worthwhile, and many of us gained 
a new appreciation for skills and capabilities which we 
so often take for granted. All who worked on the pro- 
gram were enthusiastic about it; for some it has even 
opened doors to future career possibilities. 

To provide such a beneficial service in our local county 
can have only a positive effect on community relations. 
Mrs. Luth considers the Sweet Briar pool a great asset 
to the YWCA program because of its location in Am- 
herst County and because the pool's size allows for 
larger class sessions. The Y staff has expressed its ap- 
preciation for our support of their program and wants 
to return next year to offer a session in the fall as well 
as in the spring. 

We at Sweet Briar are delighted to have the oppor- 
tunity to help in such a cause and look forward to hosting 
the program again. To all of you who so generously sup- 
ported the pool construction program we owe the biggest 
thanks of all. for without your help none of this program A 
for handicapped children would have been possible. » 



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A Visit to Alumnae Council 



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A brush-up in Latin grammar 
greeted the returning Alumnae 
Council October 8-11. The 
poster is held by Alumnae 
Association President Judy 
Sorley Chalmers '59 (left) and 
Dean of the College Beatrice 
Patt. This and other photos of 
the meeting are the work of 
David Abrams. 



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Alumnae Association Secretary 
Tabb Thornton Farinholt '59 
takes minutes as Judy 
Chalmers presides over the 
opening session of Alumnae 
Council. This was followed by 
a panel discussion in which 
Harold B. Whiteman, Jr., 
President; Beatrice Patt, Dean; 
Elizabeth Bond Wood '34, 
Vice President for Develop- 
ment and College Relations; 
and Peter V. Daniel, Vice 
President and Treasurer, par- 
ticipated. 



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As interesting as the meetings were, it didn't hurt to have a little something to do with 
the hands, as shown above (clockwise, from upper left) b\ Julia Gray Saunders 
Michaux '39, member of the Alumnae Association Executive Board; Virginia Noyes 
Pillsbury '44, Class Secretary and a member of the Golden Stairs Committee; Mary K. 
Lee McDonald '65, Chairman of the Finance Committee; and Jean Gillespie Walker 
'54, Chairman of the Golden Stairs Committee. 



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In front of the Senior Steps, 
Jane Merkle Borden '65 chats 
with Debbie Haslam Peniston 
'66 and a current student. The 
weather was lovely during 
Council, inviting many alum- 
nae get outside and enjoy the 
beautiful fall colors that 
painted the campus landscape. 




Libby Trueheart Harris '49, 
Chairman of Alumnae 

Representatives Committee, 
was unable to be present so 
her report was read by Martha 
Mansfield Clement '48, Direc- 
tor of Research for the College 
development office. Among the 
listeners are (l-r)Julie Sadler de 
Coligny, '34, Director of Estate 
Planning; Jane Henderson '17; 
Linda Frazier Keith '75; and 
Norma Ellen Harrison '75. 




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"Hello! Dolly!" 



• • %^/ ell, hello. Dolly! It's so nice to have you 
™ " back where you belong," said President 
Whiteman at the 1978 reunion luncheon in May. "It 
is with pride and pleasure that I present the Sweet Briar 
College Annual Alumnae Award to Dorothy Nicholson 
Tate, class of 1938, of Davidson, North Carolina. In 
truth, she has belonged to this College for forty years 
and we salute her with affection and admiration." 

The Award is usually made at Founders' Day in 
October. However, realizing that Dolly would come to 
her 40th reunion, the Award Committee, Association 
Director Ann Reams and President Whiteman decided 
to honor Dolly while her own class was on campus. 
"No wonder Jack wanted to come to my reunion!" 
exclaimed Dolly later on. "I was the most surprised per- 
son in the world at my 40th." 

Noting that Dolly Tate was president of her senior 
class, a member of Tau Phi and a charter member of 
QV, we asked, "Now why not tell us what QV means?" 

"I can't; that's a secret. But I will tell you that we 
started QV as a means of keeping up students' spirits 
and getting them over the sophomore slump and then 
keeping them here." 



Since 1938 Dolly has served Sweet Briar as a mem- 
ber of the Board of Overseers (1968-1974), as class 
secretary, class fund agent, club president and bulb 
chairman, chairman of Region IV and chairman of the 
Alumnae Association's nominating committee. "Her 
own community," Mr. Whiteman said, "knows her as 
a leader in its civic, cultural, educational and religious 
affairs because — like many Sweet Briar graduates — she 
has the talent for bringing to community service the 
dignity of work at the highest level. Her husband Jack, 
a banker, is a member of the Board of Visitors at his 
alma mater, Davidson. Her son had the good taste to 
choose a Sweet Briar graduate for a wife (Claire Kinnett 
Tate '71). Her daughter Caroline Tate Noojin '64 was 
singled out as one of four distinguished Young Women 
of Alabama by the state Jaycees in 1976, the same year 
Gaire Tate was named one of Ten Outstanding Young 
People of Atlanta. Also important to Dolly and Jack, 
besides their family of course, are their commitments 
to their church, the Democratic party and, last but 
not least, their eight Cavalier King Charles spaniels. . ." 
The Annual Alumnae Award was established in 1968 
for the purpose of recognizing Sweet Briar graduates 
for their outstanding service to the College in a volun- 




Dolh Tate, surrounded bj her handsome family (clockwise from up- 
per left): son John and his wife, Claire Kinnett Tate '71; son-in-law 
Frank K. Noojin, Jr.; grandsons Frank and Tate; daughter Caroline 
Tate Noojin '64; and husband John A. Tate, Jr. 



teer capacity. The Award was named in honor of the 

first graduating class, the class of 1910. "Sixty-eight 

years after she received her degree from this brand new 

college in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, one member of 

the class of 1910 is with us today at this 1978 reunion 

luncheon," said President Whiteman, "and she is the 

redoubtable Frances Murrell Rickards of Norfolk, 

Virginia." 

Past recipients of the Award are: the class of 1910. 

Flo Freeman Fowler '19, (deceased) Edith Durrell 

Marshall '21, Helen McMahon '23, EdnaLee Gilchrist 

'26, Elizabeth Prescott Balch '28. Mary Huntington 

Harrison '30, Gladys Wester Horton '30, Martha von 

Briesen '31, Phoebe Rowe Peters '31, Juliet Halliburton 

Burnett '35, Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle '35, and in 

1978, Dorothy Nicholson Tate '38. ^ „_,. 

— The Editor 



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About the Magazine 

To the Editor: 

Such a good edition of the Alumnae Maga- 
zine. . .1 have passed it on to friends. . . 

Juliet Halliburton Burnett '35 

Greensboro. NC 




Many, many thanks for the fine article on 
music by Blair Graves Smith in the Alumnae 
Magazine. We. in the Department, appreciate 
the kindness you extended to our field. We are 
grateful . . . and uplifted. 

Jane Perry Camp 
Sweet Briar. VA 

Pardon the (Christmas!) postcard but I am 
obeying my impulse to say how much I en- 
joyed the Summer issue of the Alumnae 
Magazine — it was really a tremendous issue: 
interesting material, written well and I know 
how much hard work it must have taken! 
Congratulations. 

Sally Melcher Jarvis '49 
Lancaster, PA 17603 



A note to congratulate you on the beauti- 
ful appearance of the summer Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Magazine. Your designer has really 
enhanced the issue and made it real pleasure 
to read. 

The content is very interesting, as always, 
and the pictures, especially Discovery Bay. 
beautiful. 

Thanks for this enjoyable issue! 

Mary Jane Ertman '51 

Assistant Editor 

Wellesley Alumnae Magazine 

. . .The magazine is always a credit to its 
staff and to Sweet Briar. 

Liz Copeland Norfleet '30 
Charlottesville, VA 

I have just finished reading the Sweet 
Briar College Alumnae Magazine. Summer 
1978. and wanted to tell you how very im- 
pressed 1 am with this issue. I will be circulat- 
ing it to many of our staff and Executive 
Board members. . . . 

Jane A. Drury 

Director of Alumnae Affairs 

Wheaton College 



Update 

To the Editor: 

I thought you might be interested to know 
that Elaine Louise Mills '74, head of the 
Smithsonian project to research and organize 
the collection of Dr. John Harrington, was 
featured in a newspaper article in the Wash- 
inton Star. Aug. 20, 1978. Elaine graduated 
summa cum laude with highest honors in 
both French and anthropology and has been 
employed in the anthropology dept. of the 
Museum of Natural History. Washington, 
DC, for the past four years. 

Mrs. James L. Mills, Jr. 

Falls Church, VA 



See Anybody You Know? 

To the Editor: 

The enclosed pictures showed some familiar 
faces, and upon digging into old yearbooks 
and into my memory I was able to identify a 
few people. I'm sure others can fill in the rest 
. . .1 hope this is of some help. 

Virginia Ramsey Crawford '59 

Lordy! Is there nobody left who was there in 
the mid-fifties? Three out of the four pictures 
for which you sought help were probably 
taken in the school year 1955-56. . .best 
wishes to you all. 

Caroline Sauls Shaw '58 

Atlanta, GA 

The picture at the top left of page 10 is of a 
group of the freshman class of 1959. . . 

Judy Welton Sargent '59 
Westport.CT 06880 

Sure, I remember that was us. I can't re- 
member what the party was, but we were 
freshmen in Grammer. . .My family sure 
laughed at this picture. Keep 'em coming. 
My toga's made from our bright red curtains. 
Penny Fisher Crowell '59 
Westcliffe. CO 81252 

I immediately recognized my fellow class- 
mates. . .With some digging. I discovered 
that it was taken during our freshman year, 
although I don't know on what occasion. . . 
It was fun browsing through my yearbooks. 
Thanks for the opportunity. 

Connie Fitzgerald Lange '59 
Schenectady, NY 12309 



There was better-than-usual agreement on 
the identifications of the celebrants at the 
1955 toga party pictured at the upper left of 
page ten of the fall issue: indeed, there was 
a consensus on the identities of three ITrish 
Chandler, Penny Fisher and Ann Young) 
and near-consensus on those of three more 
(Cecile Martin. Ann Eagles and Susan Glass) 
but as to the two others (possibly Judy 
Nevins, Lucy Frost or Jackie Heckma) there 
was less certainty. The studious quintet in 
the library picture were almost surely Margie 
Shannon. Virginia Marchant, Peggy Arduser 
and Camilla Mueller — to name foui — but 
the fifth may have been Ann Plumb. Ann 
Pegram or Cornelia Fitzgerald. The smiling 
blonde standing amidst so many college pen- 
nants was Diane Chase: of this there is no 
doubt. But none of our correspondents at- 
tempted identifications of the prom-goers on 
the lower right. This may be another expres- 
sion of our See Anybody You Know? prin- 
ciple, that the more people there are in the 
picture the greater is the disagreement. In 
the prom shot there were so many that all 
the fuses blew before the letters were even 
written. — Editor. 



Flowers for the Chapel 

To the Editor: 

Throughout our Judeo-Christian history, 
flowers and growing things have played an 
important part in our lives. Pomegranates and 
lillies were fashioned over and over again to 
decorate the temples; first fruits of the har- 
vest were considered holy and were sacrificed 
on the altar to God. Lillies were so common 
and abundant that they were known merely 
as "lilies of the valley". Also familiar to us is 
the "rose of Sharon" which ran in colorful 
profusion along the Plain of Sharon on the 
Mediterranean. Today, flowers on the altar 
symbolize this tradition and represent that 
which is a vital and valid part of God's crea- 
tion; indeed, that part of His creation with 
which He is probably the least displeased. 

Scripture uses flowers as an example to 
teach us a lesson — of beauty, hope, comfort, 
rebirth. Our life in microcosm, brief, fleeting 
but still valuable and cherished, is like a 
flower. Listen to David: "As for man, his days 
are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the 
field; for the wind passes over it, and it is 
gone. . .but the steadfast love of the Lord is 
from everlasting to everlasting. . .to those who 
keep his covenant." 

Isaiah predicts the restoration of Zion: 
"The wilderness. . .shall be glad, the desert 
shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it 
shall blossom abundantly." 

Matthew says to us all: "Consider the lilies 
of the field, how they grow, they neither toil 
nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all 
his glory was not arrayed like one of these." 

All gifts that we bring to the altar are gifts 
God has given us originally; and so, in this 
light, are the altar flowers. They are a part of 
the offering we wish to return to God. 

Those who wish to make an offering of 
flowers for the altar, or who wish to do so as 
a memorial to someone, may do so by sending 
a note with a check enclosed to P.O. Drawer 
H. Sweet Briar. VA 24595. Please indicate 
the person you wish to honor and name the 
specific Sunday by date. 

Sallie Carter 
Chaplain 



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and is presented herewith in fulfill- 
ment of that requirement: Editor: 
Catharine Fitzgerald Booker; Man- 
aging Editor: Ann Morrison Reams; 
Publisher and Owner: The Alumnae 
Association of Sweet Briar College. 
a non-profit, educational corporation. 
There are no stockholders, bond- 
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days later they headed south to visit rela- 
tives and friends and relax at Rivera Beach, 
FL, returning leisurely by way of Savannah 
and Charleston, SC. 

You will be saddened to learn of the death 
of Trot Walker Neidlinger's husband Pudge, 
which occurred April 22. They have been 
living for the past several years in the home 
they built at Chatham, MA, near Cape Cod. 



1926 



1910 



Frances Murrell Rickards was honored on 
her 90th birthday with a beautiful reception 
given by her daughter Murrell Rickards 
Patrick '44. Among the Sweet Briar guests 
were Elizabeth Bond Wood '34, a vice presi- 
dent of the College; Dorothy Jester, assistant 
dean; and Dr. Anne Gary Taylor, president, 
emeritus. Mrs. Rickards also returned to the 
campus for the Reunion activities in May. 

Friends everywhere were sorry to learn 
of the death of Bishop George Taylor, hus- 
band of honorary class member, Anne Gary 
Taylor. Dr. Taylor is currently serving as 
chairman of the Friends of the Sweet Briar 
College Library, on the Consumer advisory 
Board of the Federal Reserve System and 
as a trustee of Chatham Hall and Foxcroft 
School. 



1918 



Secretary 

Cilia Guggenheimer Nusbaum (Mrs. Bert- 
ram), 601 Pembroke Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507 
Fund Agent 

Margaret McVey, 1600 Westbrook Ave., 
Westminster-Canterbury House, Richmond 
VA. 23227 

Actually I am a bit handicapped writing 
the class notes as I was conspicuously absent 
from 1918's 60th reunion. Although I had 
written pep notes to members of the class 
urging them to join us at Sweet Briar in May 
to celebrate our 60th, the Norfolk gang had 
to take off without me as my arthritis refused 
to co-operate. (I had taken a fall boarding 
ship for Bermuda a few weeks before, which 
added to my complaint.) 

Jane Pratt Betts came from Avon Park, FL, 
with her very charming daughter, and Casey 
(Louise Chase) McGuire, from Colorado. I 
surely hated missing them and of course the 
Halls, Betty Lowman and Asaph — they are 
always so great to be with. Betty tried to phone 
me when she returned home but was told 
my phone was disconnected. Alarmed, she 
called Cornelia Carroll Gardner at North 
(near Williamsburg), and Cornelia called me 
to see if I was still alive and kicking. (It was 
my son's phone that caused the mixup — his 



family is at the beach for the summer.) So I 
called Betty in Elmira, NY, to tell her all 
was well. 

Betty reported that the three who were back 
for Reunion had not seen each other in years 
(Jane had never been back!) None of them 
went to many meetings, but Jane and her 
daughter took the campus tours, and Betty 
and Asaph enjoyed hearing the "State of the 
College" report. The picnic Saturday was at 
the Whitemans', and the Class of '18 was 
joined by Frances Murrell Rickards '10 and 
Marie Klooz '23, as well as the Alumnae 
Association Director, Ann Morrison Reams 
'42, and Miss Winifred Walker. It was a 
pleasant evening, as were all the planned 
events. 

Mag McVey wrote she was so pleased and 
proud of our class record and thanks all 
contributors to the fund for their cooperation. 

Dorothy Harrison wrote from Palm Beach 
that she could not join the reunion group 
as she expected to spend the summer in the 
Hudson Valley. 

Elizabeth Madson Eddy sent greetings 
from Oshkosh, WI, where she was recuperat- 
ing from an operation and scheduled for 
another — but hoped to be as good as new by 
summer! 

Catherine Marshall Shuler moved to Os- 
prey, FL, a year ago to be near her daughters. 
Remember what a pretty May Queen she was! 

Cornelia Carroll Gardner says you 
shouldn't quarrel about old age. It's a 
privilege! 



1922 



Jane Duntap Pettit, Pittsburgh, has just 
finished her term as president of the board 
of a home for older people, which has just 
completed an extensive renovation project. 

Helen M. Hodgskin (formerly Fingerhuth) 
sends greetings to her classmates from Zurich, 
Switzerland, where she has lived since 1933. 
She has three sons and seven grandchildren 
between the ages of 5 and 14 — a delight to 
her. 

Emily Moon Spilman and Louis returned 
in January from a seven-week visit with their 
youngest daughter and family near Lima, 
Peru. They also visited Paraguay, Brazil and 
Argentina before returning home to 32 inches 
of snow and ice in Waynesboro, VA. A few- 



Secretary, pro tern 

Kitty Blount Andersen (Mrs. Fred C), Bay- 
port, MN 55003 
Fund Agent 

Marietta B. Darsie, 45 N. Wade Ave., Apt. 
B-l, Washington, PA 15301 

With sadness I must report the death of 
two of our classmates: Mary Gladys Brown 
Moore died Dec. 18, 1977, at her home on 
Marco Island. Her daughter Mary reports 
that she had played golf in the U.S. Seniors 
Tournament at Pinehurst in September 1977. 
Upon her return to Florida it was discovered 
her illness had progressed rapidly. "She 
was a great person and a fine mother." (A fine 
tribute from her daughter.) 

Katharyn Norris Kelley passed away at her 
home in Ivy.VA, May 14, 1978. after a rugged 
illness. She was able to appreciate a citation 
made by the Charlottesville Chapter of Re- 
cording for the Blind to honor her 20 years 
of continuous volunteer service. A copy of the 
resolution passed by that board following 
her death was sent to me and I quote: "Always 
willing, infinitely able and shunning personal 
glory, she served in every capacity: as officer 
and member of the Board of Directors, as 
fund raiser from Charlottesville to Camden, 
ME, as founder, innovator and first Chairman 
of our Raised Line Drawing Department." 

Our sincere sympathy is extended to the 
members of the families of these classmates. 
They will long be remembered by us all. 

Our overseas classmates responded viliantly 
to my plea for news. 

Since Peg Krider Ivey is planning to move 
very shortly and will then forward her new 
address. Since Gordon's death before Christ- 
mas '77 she has been busy clearing out an 
accumulation of 20 years. "Being without 
a gardener for five weeks this summer made 
me realize I could not cope with a large 
garden and house. I have bought a flat near 
where I used to live and am looking forward 
to starting a new life." 

Helen Finch Halford, recovered from a 
fractured arm and cut head (wonder what she 
was up to), is laying plans for her 50th wed- 
ding anniversary on Oct. 20. "Both of us, 
our three children and five grandchildren 
are fine. Our eldest grandson graduated with 
first class honors from Cambridge U. and 
received a two-year scholarship to Noygpya 
U., Japan. He will then return to Cambridge 
to work. I look forward to sister Woodis' 
C25) coming for a long visit in August." 

Ruth Abell Bear and her husband had 
a good visit with their daughter and her 
family in June, and on their way home from 
Vermont they took a quick swing through 
the rest of New England. She was expecting 
an August visit from Peg Reinhold Mitchell, 
now better after a bad fall and illness. 

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Frances Dunlop Heiskell and husband 
Jimmie. who is still working in Washington, 
were planning a trip to Rehoboth Beach, 
DE, to see her niece and family (including 
12-year old son Ted Stephenson, who just won 
the Missouri Valley Tennis Championship) 
when they come East from Columbia, MO. 
They were also looking forward to a trip to 
Cape May, NJ, in August. 

Elizabeth Cobb Sutherland wrote, "Saw 
Margaret Cramer Crane and her husband 
Bill around Thanksgiving on our way back 
from spending the holiday with our son at 
State College, PA. My husband was ill the 
winter of '78 but is much better now, doing 
almost everything, even driving." 

Mary Lyb Loughery Arthur has just re- 
turned from an "Elder Hostel" continuing 
education at Mars Hill College, NC. Subject: 
"Southern Appalachia" — history, folk tunes, 
ecology, etc. Delightful, informative and fun. 
"My family seems to have leveled off tem- 
porarily at least — three middle-aged sons and 
daughters-in-law, eight grandchildren and 
three great-grandchildren." 

Frances McCamish McNeel reported a 
wonderful trip to Europe in May with a small 
group from San Antone to see the wonders of 
the Alps and the countries that contain them 
— Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland — 
wonderful three weeks with their own bus 
and tour guide. She has a granddaughter 
coming to Sweet Briar in September. She 
reports terrible drouth — 100 degrees every day 
for the past week. (We are happy for the relief 
that finally arrived for the Texans.) 

Marietta Darsie writes, "This is the busy 
season at LeMoyne House, the historic house 
in Washington where I am the Docent Chair- 
man, and we have interesting visitors from 
all over the U.S. and sometimes visitors from 
other lands. I hope to be at the Alumnae 
Council in October, (keeping my fingers 
crossed) if it does not coincide with the dates 
I am due in Philadelphia." She has acquired 
a lot of photographic equipment and is doing 
a lot of photography. 

Edna Lee Gilchrist noted, "Joe and I made 
a quickie trip to Copenhagen early in June 
with both our girls and good Lynchburg 
friends on a S.B. sponsored tour. Great fun. 
Daughter Judy was married June 24th — small 
wedding — Chancel St. Paul's — reception held 
here — nice man. They have bought a house 
in Arlington, VA. I am still working hard 
on board of Seven Hills School." 

Dottie Hamilton Davis and Allan were 
signed up for a trip to Alaska, using Inland 
Passageway, then home by way of Banff and 
Lake Louise. "Instead I caught the bug or 
whatever you get and was I relieved not to 
be enroute. Perhaps we will make it next 
year." 

The middle of July Loey Peterson Wilson 
was leaving for Cape Cod and Vermont. She 
still attends reunions for former counselors 
at Camp Quinebeck, almost every year. In 
April she had a wonderful trip to Egypt, 
Jordan, Syria, Israel and the Holy Land. 
In September she is off to USSR, Poland, 
Czechoslovakia and the Berlins. She had a 
card from Jinny Lee Taylor Tinker and hus- 
band Fred, who are in Switzerland visitng 
daughter Joan and family. Loey must qualify 
as our most outstanding traveler. 

Betty Moore Rusk is on her way to their 
camp in Maine. Stan has been out of the hos- 
pital three weeks after surgery. He is strong 
enough to make the trip and hopes Maine 
air will build him up. All of their kids will 

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be with them at various times during the 
summer. They attended Stan's 50th in June 
at Wesleyan and had a good time, but it 
didn't compare to S.B.C. in '76 — at least 
for Betty. 

Wanda Jensch Harris has sold her house 
and is now settled in an apartment in Indiana- 
polis. IN. not far from her old home. She 
reports. "Moving was exhausting and I am 
here until my time on earth is up. Have re- 
covered from three operations and my travel- 
ing has been in and out of the hospital." 
She plans to be with her brother near St. 
Paul in July and spend Christmas with her 
daughter Phebe (Class of '65) in Marathon, 
FL. 

Dot Keller Iliffs travels with Seward this 
year include a trip to Hawaii, where they saw 
Lib Roundtree and George Kellerman, both 
fine, and found Molokai a little too unspoiled. 
May took them to Lisbon, Madeira, Rome 
and Greece with a group of Botanical Gardens 
members. Special tours of Vatican Gardens 
and Papal Summer Gardens outside of 
Rome were out of this world. She keeps busy 
landscaping, gardening, entertaining, trying 
to keep cool. They just returned from Santa 
Fe and the splendid opera productions 
there. 

Mary Bristol Graham and Cook spent the 
month of April at Jekyll Island, GA, and 
are now anticipating a fun-packed two weeks 
as daughter Judy '58 and her family will be 
with them. 

Louise Fuller Freeman writes, "Spent last 
Christmas in California with son and wife and 
gorgeous Lisa, my two-year old grand- 
daughter, and my Fargo granddaughter, age 
9. flew to join me and we went to Disney- 
land. In March I went to Southern Mexico 
with friends. This fall I plan to join my 
sister Margaret '28 and her husband and we 
will spend a month in India, with Kashmir, 
Nepal and Iran on our itinerary — it sounds 
delicious. Later I shall be on a visit to Wash- 
ington with several good friends from S.B. 
who live there and see how things are really 
done in some of the government offices 
there. I plan to do as I have been doing, going 
as fast as I can as long as I can before I 
sit down to think where I have been. Life 
in Fargo is busy and beautiful and I feel 43 
—not—?" 

Sarah Merrick Houriet replied, "I seem 
to have lost contact with college classmates. 
None live in Cleveland and the S.B.C. Club 
seems to be extinct. Our two daughters live 
in Cleveland, which is nice. I still keep up 
my hospital work and work hard in my gar- 
den (both vegetable and flower), freezing 
excess beans and about to start a vegetable 
stand outside to get rid of tomatoes! 
Grandchildren are all well and doing their 
things. Two grandsons are engaged and 
granddaughter is married and living in 
Houston." 

Fred and I spent our first winter in Minne- 
sota in 17 years where we had delightful 
weather, safe from all the savage storms that 
ravaged most of our country. Fred spent SVi 
weeks in the hospital with a stubborn case 
of pneumonia and I had the misfortune to 
slip on ice and fracture my arm. but we are 
back to normal now. 

I thank you very much for the excellent 
response to my call for news on such a short 
notice. It was great fun hearing from you and 
I apologize to those of you who were on 
vacation and did not receive my notice in 
time. Marjorie Shepherd, our talented scribe. 



will be back on the job for your next issue. 



1930 



Secretaries 

Liz Copeland Norfleet (Mrs. Fillmore), 2012 

Minor Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903 

Betsy Williams Gilmore (Mrs. W. Kirk), 114 

Bennington Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22901 

Fund Agent 

Gladys Wester Horton (Mrs. Leonard W.), 

P.O. Box 308, Short Hills, NJ 07078 

Another year closer to 1980, and we hope 
you'll be keeping in mind Carolyn Martindale 
Blouin's admonitions to turn up at our Fif- 
tieth in late May of that year! 

Meanwhile, we are keeping tabs on as many 
of you as we can. The Mark Stevenses (Serena 
Ailes), who conduct English Speaking Union 
foreign tours, are a story in themselves. 
However, we can focus in on them enough to 
say that Josephine Reid and Charles Stubbs 
joined their trip to Greece and Russia last 
year, and that the Stevenses are presently 
traveling the European inland waterway. The 
Blouins and Mary Huntington Harrison had 
recent trips to England, and Mary spend July 
in Alaska. Mona Stone and Thornton Green, 
who are always cruising on their boat, are, 
perhaps, the most peripatetic of us all. They 
went on a long Alaskan journey a year ago, 
visiting family and friends along the way and 
fishing in the great northern fishing grounds. 

Gwen Olcott and June Writer went on a 
whirlwind European trip last Spring — eight 
countries in 18 days, she claims. They visited 
Nancy Gaines Jaeger at Hanover, NH, last 
spring because the Writers' son Jack is 
coach of the Cornell soccer team which won 
the Ivy League title with the Dartmouth game. 
Nancy's son is in the admissions department 
of Dartmouth. Ivy League all the way! Nancy 
had just returned from Bermuda for the 
big match; she was in Greece the year before 
and will be on a North Cape cruise this season. 

The Jimmy Greens (Merritt Murphey), hav- 
ing just celebrated their 50th wedding anni- 
versary, report meeting Louisa Schultz 
(daughter of Louise Rogers Frank '34) and 
her husband while backpacking in Wyoming 
last year. Second-handedly, we learn that 
Emmy Riely Lemaire recently traveled to 
the Azores from her home in Portugal. 

Mary Huntington Harrison's letter to 
Carolyn was full of interesting encounters. 
At the Alumnae Council meetings last fall, 
Mary saw Scootie Gorsline (who "joyfully" 
retired on April Fool's Day) and Jane Callison 
Smith. Winifred West Morris '28 entertained 
a group of interested Briarites at the Keen- 
land Races in October. Anne Mason Brent 
Winn '29, who has recently been visiting her 
sister Eliza here in Charlottesville, was there 
"looking beautiful," and so was Jimpse 
Blackwell, "a handsome man with a beautiful 
wife." On the way to SBC, Mary had been 
with Jo Kluttz Ruffin '29 at a meeting of 
the Gunston Hall Plantation Regents and 
had stopped over with Pig Sproul and Ned 
Bush, both of whom are much improved 
in health. Mary reports that she will be in 
Lexington, KY, in September for the World 
Championship Equestrian meet, for which 
daughter Edith is an official. 

In the convalescent department are Jean 



Saunders and Mary Moss Sutliff. Jean reports 
that she is less handicapped than formerly 
with rheumatoid arthritis, and that she is 
still as interested as ever in the work of local 
organizations, but at a slower pace. Mary 
has almost recovered from a severe abdominal 
operation and sounds as cheery as ever. Ruth 
Hasson Smith is recovering with her custom- 
ary determination and great style from a 
broken hip, the result of a purse-snatching 
assault in Florida last winter. Betsy recently 
had lunch with her in Pittsburgh and reports 
a fine pow-wow — fun as always. 

Gladys Wester Horton, who is as good 
a "sharer" of her news as Carolyn, writes 
that she and Florence Lodge Moulton had 
their first meeting in 40 years last winter. 
Florence spends some of her time with two 
sons and her grandchildren in Ohio and "still 
has a lot of red hair," says Gladys. The 
Hortons had a grand trip to Hawaii last fall. 
During her regular Florida sojourns, Gladys 
frequently plays golf with Belle Brocken- 
brough Hutchins '29 and Squeak Harned 
Ross '28. Evaline Edmands Thoma and Carl 
also play a few holes of golf most days; they 
now live conveniently near the 18th green 
in Englewood, FL. 

Francie Harrison McGiffert attended 
Turk's 50th reunion at V.M.I, last May, a trip 
which netted her two good visits: one with 
Lucy Harrison Miller Baer at SBC, and 
another with Myra Marshall Brush in Lex- 
ington. 

Telia Barksdale Bailey gravitates between 
Nathalie. VA, and Roanoke where she baby- 
sits with her two grandsons. Lucy Shirley 
Otis's son Billy, a representative of the depart- 
ment of justice, has been involved in repatria- 
ting Americans in Mexican jails, and vice- 
versa — a good man to know. 

In Williamsburg, by the way, Liz had a 
lovely chance meeting with Anne Harrison 
Shepherd Lewis '29. Talking about people 
being unchanged by time, you should see 
Anne Harrison! As you all know, the members 
of the 1930 have kept valued friendships 
with members of other classes. That's the 
enduring Sweet Briar ambience! 

Our 1930 company has been deeply sad- 
dened by the death of Martha Lee Poston in 
Williamsburg and that of Betty McCrady 
Bardwell last April in Florida. Martha pub- 
lished many stories for young people about 
China, where she spent her childhood, and she 
won the Junior Literary Guild Award twice in 
a row. Betty was also a writer of children's 
literature, having won national recognition 
for her stories. She was a regular contributing 
writer for the Mount Dora, FL. newspapers. 
Another sad loss is that of our class sponsor, 
Kay Norris Kelley, '26 whose death in May 
distressed all of us here in Charlottesville 
who have had the joy of her warm friendship. 
She gave us all her loving support during our 
college years and continued that affectionate 
interest in us all as long as she lived. 

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Sims 
Massie Rand and to Anne Lewis MacClintock. 
who recently lost their husbands. Sims writes 
that she is trying to keep busy and useful. 
like many others at this stage of our lives. 

Our Charlottesville Christmas lunch, to 
which we gave a helping hand, was at the 
home of Mary Hill Noble Caperton '54 and 
was a real success. Young Althea Hurt '80 
gave us a splendid "state of the College" talk; 
and in May she even invited the whole local 
group for coffee! Aside from struggling 
through the past ridiculous winter, we have 



been doing the usual — and the unusual. Betsy 
has been dabbling in local politics ever 
since she got into an exciting zoning hassle, 
and then she drove off to Pittsburgh to visit 
old friends and to Baltimore to visit her 
daughter Nell. Liz has been learning to drive 
a car — at 70! See how durable we Briarites 
are? We'll probably make it through to 1980 
without further deterioration. 



1934 



Secretary 

Joanna Fink Meeks (Mrs. David). 704 N. 

Calvert Ave., Muncie, IN 47303 

Fund Agent 

Betty Suttle Briscoe (Mrs. Clarence), 56 

South Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island, 

SC 29928 

We didn't send double postcards solicit- 
ing news this year because of increased 
postal rates and the meagre response from 
last years mailing. Thanks to all who sent 
news on the flap of fund envelopes to Sweet 
Briar. According to our great little Fund 
Agent, Betty Suttle Briscoe, there should be 
many more such news items because the 
class of '34 had 66.6% participation when 
I last heard from her. Out of 68 classes only 5 
outdid us — two of those were early classes 
with 2 or 3 members and 100% record. Please 
use the Fund envelope flap for news! In the 
fall, the Briscoes travelled to the Orient, 
in the spring (just at the time of the Senate 
debates and vote) they had a wonderful 
cruise through the Panama Canal, and July 
found them in British Columbia, Canadian 
Rockies, Banff, Lake Louise, Vancouver, 
etc. In between they made trips north to 
see the children — most recently to be on 
hand for the arrival of grandchild #5. All love 
to visit Hilton Head. There will be two in 
residence over Labor Day — no chance for 
boredom in their retirement. 

When Dee Hutchinson Howe's mother 
went into a nearby nursing home at 97, after 
living with Dee and Spil 14 years, they were 
faced with moving Dec. 29 from their big 
house in Darien to a smaller but heavenly 
sounding one in Norwalk, CT, and are now 
ready for inspection. At their rear property 
line is Five Mile River plus a waterfall with 
water wheel and dam built during the Civil 
War. 

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Mary 
Krone Sells, whose husband Charles died 
in Cross River, NY, early this year. 

Bonnie Wood Stookey's news from Cotuit, 
MA. is that she recently gathered her clan 
together from far corners of the world — 
Hong Kong, Iran, Beirut and studies in 
France and Italy. The wedding of her son 
David to an English girl drew her and mem- 
bers of her family to England right after 
Christmas. He's the son who sailed a 21 -foot 
boat, singlehandedly, across the Atlantic 
from England to the West Indies. He and his 
wife were given a rousing welcome (even a 
cannon salute by one of Bonnie's neighbors) 
as they sailed into the East coast in the same 
boat. They hope to settle in New England. 
Son Jeff is working on a Doctorate in Edu- 
cation at Boston U. and son Crane is a second 
year Architectual student at Harvard. 

Elinor Fitch Welch retired in the spring 
from library work and wishes fellow class- 



mates would look her up when in St. Peters- 
burg. FL. 

Mary Walton McCandlish Livingston, who 
lives in Alexandria, VA, would like any 
alumnae, especially 1934, visiting the National 
Archives in Washington doing research or 
seeing the exhibits, to look her up. Working 
hours are 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and her office 
phone is 202-523-3206. 

In Richmond, Lydia Goodwyn Lorentzen 
is still a busy volunteer serving as President 
of the Board of Brookfield, Inc., a foster 
care home for displaced adolescents. 

Mary Rogers Moser's husband John is now 
almost recovered from a severe stroke he 
had in Nov. '75. One married daughter, 
husband and two sons live only 50 miles from 
Coronado. Her younger daughter. Navy officer 
husband, grandson and granddaughter now 
livein Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. 

Marjorie Lasar Hurd spent the winter in 
Hawaii with her son David, his wife and two 
little girls (if I remember correctly they too 
live in Kailua, as does my daughter with 
her husband and two daughters. We'll have 
to have a reunion there some day.) She still 
works part time when at home in St. Louis. 

In March David and I celebrated our 40th 
anniversary in Hawaii, where we were 
married and lived for 2'A years. Eighteen 
of our mainland friends toured the islands 
with us for two weeks, having dinner at our 
Anne's Kailua home on the big day. During 
a ten-day family get-together at Harbor 
Springs. MI, we repeated a beach picnic 
and fun canoe trip with Bonney McDonald 
Hatch, her son Steve, his wife and two 
daughters, who had a cottage on Lake Michi- 
gan near us. 

Helen Closson Hendrick's two daughters 
flew in from their homes in Germany in July. 
Nancy brought her 2-yr. old but sent her 4- 
year old to visit his Austrian grandmother 
for two weeks. Lib came for a month with 
Brian. 14 months, whom Helen and Leo had 
never seen. Susan Hendricks Slayman '60 
came from Virginia Beach without her busy 
17-and 15-year-old son and daughter. Son 
Jim. who lives in Logansport, IN, with his 
family, completed the first family reunion 
in several years. Husband Leo (sort of) re- 
tired in April; so they can visit the girls more 
often. 

Mary Lee Ryan Strother wrote of an inter- 
esting trip they had last year to South Africa. 
Kenya, Egypt and Istanbul. They regretted 
not having a week in each place and particu- 
larly want to see more of Africa. 

Connie Burwell White declares that the 
public relations world for the Whites in 
Denver continues very busy and their days 
are filled with interesting contacts and assign- 
ments, gardening and fishing. 

We are so fortunate to have two of our 
classmates right at Sweet Briar — Julia 
Sadler de Coligny as Director of Estate 
Planning is working hard to make us all 
understand how much we can help our college 
by entering into a Deferred-Giving plan right 
now. She also was the hostess for the Sweet 
Briar trip to Ireland in July. She sees Becky 
Strode Lee and her husband St. George in 
Richmond, and says Becky maintains her pro- 
fessional status as a social worker by her part- 
time job with the Virginia Home. 

And Jackie Bond Wood has just been made 

a vice president of the College! In June she 

enjoyed the Alumnae trip to Copenhagen. 

for which she served as a hostess. 

Please don't forget our 45th reunion in May. 

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1938 



SecretaryPro Tern (Reunion Report) 

Marion Brown Snider (Brownie), One Beach 

Dr.. #805. St. Petersburg, FL 33701 

Secretary 

Mabbie Breckmans Smith (Mrs. Robert S., 

II), 1 1540 Links Dr.. Reston, VA 22070 

Fund Agent 

Jane Bemis Wills (Mrs. Allan C), 76 Maywood 

Rd..Darien.CT 06820 

Twenty-nine of us brave and lucky Briarites 
of '38 returned to the Patch after 40 years — 
to be richly rewarded. So much did we enjoy 
it. we're already anticipating our 50th. and 
even considering a repeat only 5 years hence! 
Condolences to all of you who missed it. 
We did miss you, too. 

Frannie Bailey Brooke — prettier than 
ever — did a simply super chairing of our Class 
Reunion. Besides Frannie, those who made it 
back were Dee Armfield Cannon, Judy 
Bemis Wills, Lyn Beidenharn Swayze, Gene 
Brock Hawley, Mary Cobb Hulse, Harriet 
Daniel Herd, Babbie Derr Chenoweth, 
Elinor Edenton Smith, Isabelle Franke De- 
Graff, Macky Fuller Kellogg, Bessie Lee 
Garbee Siegrist, Lew Griffith Longstaff, Jo 
Happ Willingham, Rose Hyde Fales, Nancy 
McCandlish Prichard, Betty Moore Stowers, 
Sigur Moore Whittaker, Dolly Nicholson 
Tate, Toto Sergeant, Pollyanna Shotwell 
Holloway. Carolyn Staman Ogilvie, Molly 
Talcott Dodson, Lucy Taliaferro Nickerson, 
Dot Thomas Upton, Dot Tison Campbell, 
Ida Todman Pierce, Sarah Tomlinson Foscue, 
Yours Truly (Brownie Snider) and seven, if 
I counted right, handsome husbands. 

The happy times began with Happy Hour 
Friday. May 19, in the Quadrangle, and 
continued through dinner, fashion show 
and lecture on "Collectible Fabrics," and 
talking far into the night in our Meta Glass 
rooms (nearly all on the 3rd Floor). 

A few demonstrated their youthfulness 
by going on a bird walk at 7 a.m. The majority 
of us barely made breakfast and then most 
satisfying "State of the College" addresses 
by President Harold Whiteman, Dean Bea- 
trice Patt, Vice President and Treasurer 
Peter Daniel and Admission Director Nancy 
Baldwin. 

At our Class Meeting we quickly elected 
Mabbie Berckmans Smith, who had com- 
piled our Scrapbook but wasn't able to 
attend or defend, new Class Secretary. We 
also named Judy Bemis Wills Fund Agent 
and Dot Tison Campbell next Reunion 
Chairman. Then we all pored over the Scrap- 
book, especially appreciating those who had 
send snapshots and hoping that those who 
neglected to send anything will feel ashamed. 

Luncheon in the Refectory honored all 
the Reunion classes, each of which presented 
an entertaining and, for the most part, hilar- 
ious skit, song or whatever. For our contri- 
bution Dolly Nick read a poetic gem Tison 
had penned. But our proudest moment came 
when Elizabeth Bond Wood announced the 
SBC Alumnae Award to an alumna for out- 
standing service to the College in a volunteer 
capacity — and that alumna was none other 
than our Dolly Nicholson Tate! Tears ran 
down all our cheeks, as well as Dolly's, while 
the Refectory rafters rang with our singing 
"Hello, Dolly!" 

Saturday afternoon there were options of 
informational sessions, swimming, golf, 

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tennis, hiking, tours of Sweet Briar House 
and bus tours of the campus. The latter in- 
cluded Protho Natatorium, new stables, 
Benedict (You'd never recognize remodeled 
Academic!), renewed boathouse, the Old 
Station coffee house and the exciting new 
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts at 
Mount San Angelo. Some attended the Book 
Shop Open House. And our indefatigable 
Macky played three sets of tennis! 

The campus surpassed its own famous 
beauty. Changes that have taken place over 
the years have only improved Sweet Briar. 
Even the weather was nearly perfect for 
Reunion Weekend. 

At 6 p.m. we gathered at Redtop, where 
Miss Rogers received "her" class in her 
rocker on the porch while we consumed beer 
and boxed suppers on the lawn, overlooking 
the matchless Blue Ridge. Robert Holloway, 
lone candidate for Mayor of the Class, was 
summarily elected. Then back to "our dorm" 
for more talking (Well, it takes time to cover 
40 years!) — tho some of us pooped out a 
little earlier than on Friday night. 

After breakfast Sunday there was a service 
in the Chapel, with dedication of beautiful 
needlepoint kneelers. Then coffee and dough- 
nuts were served on the porch of Wailes 
Center, followed by the "Alumnae College" 
and, for a great windup to an unforgettable 
weekend, buffet luncheon in Sweet Briar 
Gardens. 

I leave personal news notes for Mabbie 
to write. Be sure to get her up to date. Note 
my new address, heading this column, and 
when you come St. Pete-way, please call. 
It was so good seeing all of you who got to 
Reunion that I'm hoping to see more of you 
who were there, as well as something of you 
who weren't! 

I am making a very brief bow as class 
secretary as I have been thoroughly intimi- 
dated by the letter of instruction from the 
Alumnae Office. Herewith, a few items: 

Carolyn Staman Ogilvie wrote that the 40th 
"was a super weekend." I hope that expresses 
the feeling of all who went to reunions. 

Rose Hyde Fales, a free lance writer, was 
in Yugoslavia in '77 and subsequently had 
an article in the fall issue of European Com- 
munity. 

Now, to less cheery activities: Barbie 
Ferguson Hill had her leg in a cast as a result 
of an accident while boating in the Bahamas. 
Ces Jansen Kendrick had a much more 
serious fall over her golf bag — breaking her 
hip. Commiseration and happy recovery to 
both. 

Toto Sergeant Leonard had. as of last 
September, her first grandchild, a boy. M.J. 
Miller Hein and husband have moved to 
Hilton Head. Kate Sulzburger Levi since 
leaving Washington has been caught up in 
her husband's law activities, part of which was 
a semester at Stanford. The Edgar Bennetts 
(Jesse Silver) own vacation property in St. 
Martin's, in case anyone is planning a trip 
to the Islands. 

The answers to my question about the 
Women's Movement showed the vast majority 
of us are in favor of it but feel little sympathy 
for the radical faction. 

Congrats to our new President, Dorothy 
Tison Campbell, and gratitude to Judy Bemis 
Wills for being Class Agent. 

I will be sending out a newsletter to you 
later. 



1942 



Secretary 

Mary Stone Moore Rutherfoord (Mrs. Julian 

H., Jr.), 3486 Peakwood Dr., S.W., Roanoke, 

VA 24014 

Fund Agent 

Helen Sanford, 6211 W. N.W. Highway, Apt. 

1 100, Dallas, TX 75225 

*P.W. = Patchworker for Alumnae Fund 

Little did I know that my urgent postcard 
would bring forth so many newsy illegible 
cards — some happy, exciting, proud and sad. 
James A. McNaughton wrote of the death 
of Jane Hamilton, his wife, Dec. 6th at 
Daytona Beach, FL. His address: 1098 Regent 
St., Schenectady. NY 12309. Our dear Presi- 
dent, Margaret Preston Moore, * is finally 
settled in St. Petersburg, FL, where Gerald 
with early retirement has bought The 
Chateau, apartment motel at Bellean Beach, 
in the sun and among friends. Others follow- 
ing the sun are Eddie Syska Peltier and 
husband who replaced their home in Weston, 
MA, with a condominium and boat in Naples, 
FL. Eddie is Paul's private secretary and 
travels to Chicago to see Peter and family 
and to N.Y. to see Mike and Sue. Betty 
Whitaker Hook's husband had open heart 
surgery and is semi-retired, enjoying summer 
on the Severn River. They have three married, 
a wedding in the fall and a Junior at Villanova 
U. 

Chookie Groves Martin, the mother of five 
(four married) and four grandchildren, has 
had a laugh at a picture Dottie Malone Yates 
and Peggy Cunningham Allen had taken 
of her at Peggy's wedding. She also saw Grace 
Lanier Brewer and Hortense Powell Cooper 
'40 on a visit to Tennessee. Bill Van Allen, 
Salley Schall's * husband, is a lawyer in 
Charlotte, and their three boys have flown the 
coup, giving her time for "Spirit Square," 
the downtown arts center in an Old Baptist 
Church. Son Kent is in Summit, NJ. George 
is a film maker working on a National En- 
dowment for the Arts grant, and Peter is with 
the Dept. of Commerce in Washington. Si 
Walke Rogers * saw Barbara Ripley Furniss 
in Washington, where she has lived nine 
years and where she enjoys counseling women 
at a local university. Barbara asserted her 
independence last year, touring Europe alone. 
"Si" will have enjoyed visits with Betsy 
Chamberlin Burchard and Ginny Thayer 
Boothby in California. 

The only '42er reporting to be in my neck 
of the woods is Marion Mundy Young and I 
missed her. Happy, her daughter, may be 
back for graduate school at Hollins. Son Rob 
is at Tulane and Ann Morton will be at S.B.C. 
this fall, after receiving scholastic and sports 
honors at St. Agnes. Marion works to pre- 
serve the historic area of Alexandria, VA. 
Our novelist, Jane Parkhurst, alias Nancy 
Taylor Smith, will have another book, 
Southern Moon, out soon. She and Harris 
will go to Britian to research the Edward IV 
battlefield and castles. They just might look 
up Margaret Becker Schiltges who will rent 
a cottage for the summer in the English 
countryside. Her daughter Margaret Schiltges 
Schultheiss '71, her husband and their baby 
are year-round residents of Cheshire, Eng- 
land. Our industrious Fund Agent, Helen 
Sanford, will join them there for a visit. 
She wishes to thank all * gals for help on 
A.F. Helen writes that Charles Affel, Eugie 



Burnett's son, was one of the young adven- 
turers whose sailboat was seized by the Viet- 
namese. He's home safe now. 

Did a drama major prepare her to manage 
a resale shop (all volunteers) for the benefit 
of a Child Guidance Center, Eleanor Ringer 
Linn muses. Or for a son who is working 
in micro-electronics? Husband John is re- 
tiring from Queens College of CUNY this 
year. Dot Myers Morehead spends time in 
a new condominium at Wrightsville Beach 
and was in Washington in June when John 
directed a course for surgeons at the Armed 
Forces Institute of Pathology. Another world 
traveler, Ann Hauslein Potterfield, and Tom 
spent five glorious weeks in France and Italy 
and are on the River this summer. Daughter 
Betsy finished her first year at W.Va. U; Ann 
lives in Shedpardstown, WV; Lucy may have 
had her baby by now. Those traveling to Gen- 
eva, Switzerland, will find Peter and Mary 
Alice Bennett Baumberger residing at 1249 
GY. Peter is President of Baumberger Beer 
Co. and chairman of the board of Carba Co. 
Her children live in this country and she 
boasts three grandsons and one grand- 
daughter. Gloria Sanderson Sartor with four 
grandchildren does a lot of "grannying" be- 
tween Church, League and civic work. If 
you lack excitement try that rubber raft 
white-water ride on the Colorado River she 
and Lane took. Bobbie Engh Craft's grand- 
children number eight, all adorable, and she 
is living happily in Glenview, IL, with numer- 
ous trips to Arizona and Southern California, 
where she and Crosswell go on business. Alice 
King Harrison had a call from Dotty Hutch- 
ings Donley * who reports her #1 son acting/ 
directing in Washington and also having 
some things published; #2 son is also a writer 
of two screen plays. Her daughter is married 
to a smashing fellow, while Dotty is still at 
the drafting board for American Air Filter. 
Alice also sent a beautiful article aboutdaugh- 
ter Frances, who is one of six juniors tapped 
by Phi Beta Kappa at Vanderbilt, U. Oldest 
daughter Letitia teaches in West Memphis, 
AR, where she lives with her banker husband 
and two daughters. Other daughter, Nancy, 
teaches kindergarten in Forrest City and is 
about to build a log house. Shirley Houseman 
Nordham paid a surprise visit with her and 
Morris (now retired postmaster). "Gege" 
Moomaw Hall has really settled in a precious 
house in Roanoke, where she entertained our 
Alumnae Club, with our Director Ann Mor- 
rison Reams as guest speaker. Daughter 
Betty Powell lives in Savannah, where hus- 
band is manager for Metropolitan Life Ins. 
Co. Billy is in Charlotte, NC, with Price- 
Waterhouse. Ann reports all children and 
grandchildren have come back to Lynchburg 
to roost. In her travels she has seen Betsy 
Chamberlain Burchard in S.F., Dottie 
Malone Yates and Sudie Clark Hanger in 
Atlanta, Flossie Bagley Witt in Chattanooga, 
Edie Brainerd Walter * in D.C., Betty 
Blackmer Childs '43 and Grace Bugg Mul- 
ler-Thym. Sudie had a Freshman scholar this 
year, Nancy, who has also been named a 
Sophomore scholar and member of Sweet 
Tones. Her other clan is scattered but close 
by. She missed seeing any '42 at parents 
week-end, when she stayed with Miss Buck- 
ham. At home she has been active in Faith 
at Work. Jean Hedley Currie says daughter 
Candee, husband and two children have 
been in Saudi Arabia six months and are now 
back in Massachusetts. Son Douglas lives 
nearby. She has seen Fran Meek Temple. 
From Lynchburg Laura Graves Howell writes 



that her clan is returning also, like Ann's. 
Her husband retired in December and if 
they're not home they're at Kitty Hawk. 

A third edition of Round the Mountains, 
a guidebook on Western N.C. by Ruth 
Hensley Camblos, is out — in case you are 
traveling that way. Daughter Margaret 
graduated from Salem Academy and is on 
her way to SBC. Stuart '70 with one precious 
child, Jennifer (4), has another in the oven. 
Son Josh is in Boston working in Maxilo 
Facial Field. 

Ruth Jacquot Tempest has been to Charles- 
ton and saw the sitting room in "Symphony 
Designer House" done by a '68 alumna. Ruth 
does editing for her university job in Pensa- 
cola. 

The top job is running a lodge summer 
and fall and tripping to Vienna in the fall 
and basking in the sun in Tortalla in April 
while her eldest son and daughter are manag- 
ing a Morgan Horse operation. Twins Libby 
and Dean are seniors in college and Wayne 
graduated from high school. All this is the 
life of Elizabeth Duffield Fajans, Wil- 
mington, VT. 

The only other Patchworkers for the A.F. 
who are due credit are Bambi Ryan and 
Rufus Pierson Fischer, who wrote to you but 
not to me. 

There is not enough time or space here 
to tell you even a little of my days. I still 
grandmother all the time and there is deep 
satisfaction in that. Julian and I spend a lot 
of time on Cursillo — a short course in 
Christianity. We have led "The Edge of 
Adventure" and "Living the Adventure" for 
two groups looking for a deeper spiritual 
commitment. We take a quick vacation each 
day when we sit down and analyze its pur- 
pose. Bless each of you and those at SBC 
who make these notes possible. 



1946 



Secretaries 

Lucy (Cholly) Jones Bendall (Mrs. Robert P.), 

Benbrooke Farm, Star Rt. 2, Yanceyville, 

NC 27379 

Jean (Polly) Pollard Kline, 4101 Park Ave., 

Richmond, VA 23221 

Fund Agent 

Elinor Clement Littleton (Mrs. Frederick C), 

407 Woodland Ave., Wayne, PA 19087 

Putting together these exciting class notes 
has an automatic built-in bonus for us. In 
addition to finding out all of the things that 
our sister Briarites are doing and telling you 
about them, we have an excuse for getting 
together at least once a year. Last year the 
Bendalls drove to Richmond, where we put 
together our notes for the 1977 report. This 
summer the Klines came to the country home 
of the Bendalls near Danville to write this one. 
It's fun to visit back and forth, but we can't 
write much unless you 46ers let us know what 
you're up to. Some of you have, thank good- 
ness. For instance. . . 

Jesse Strickland Elcock writes that she is 
living on the Southern coast of California. 

Barey Kennedy Neel is a Trustee of the 
Historical Society, is on the vestry of the 
historical St. Luke's Church and is active in 
hospital and garden club work in Granville, 
OH. 

Catherine Smart Grier's son Joe finished 
law school at Chapel Hill last spring and has 



an office in Charlotte, NC. Her daughter 
Susan was married in October and lives in 
Maryland. 

Anne Stubbs Fitzsimmons ran into Betty 
Anne Gaines Myers as she was helping her 
daughter and son-in-law move in next door 
to her last fall and recognized her after not 
seeing her for over 30 years! 

Betsy Bowman Townsend had a good re- 
union with Dottie Caldwell Crowell and 
Carroll Cone Cozart last fall at Dottie's 
mountain home near Canton, NC. 

Candy Greene Manbeck met Marjorie 
Christian Schley at Hilton Head for lunch 
in March. 

Libba Fruit Metzenthin's youngest, Margie, 
graduated from DePauw in May 1977 and 
works in the Chicago area. Libba has a mar- 
ried daughter in Corpus Christi, a married 
son in St. Louis and two grandchildren. 
Bea Dingwell Loos' large family has dwindled 
to just one child at home, but she stays busy 
running a school with 160 little children. 

This is Monk Witherspoon Brannon's 
sixth year with four children in college: Tony, 
married, a sophomore med student at 
Vanderbilt; Becky, a first year student in 
Christian Education; John, a junior at Fur- 
man; Vairin, a junior in high school; and 
Bill, in the 8th grade. 

The Bendalls visited their two sons, Robert 
and Gordon, in New York City, both of whom 
are appearing in off-off Broadway produc- 
tions. While there, Cholly talked to Bertha 
Lee Toole and Joan Berend Morse. In June 
of 1977, Bert married William Toole, a 
bachelor, who took on not only a wife but 
also seven children and a baby granddaugh- 
ter. He is principal of an Episcopal prep 
school, is on the faculty of the Julliard School 
of music and is organist and choir director 
of Christ Church, Oyster Bay, L.I. 

Joan Berend Morse returned to New York 
City in 1971 after the tragic death of her 
husband Arthur in Yugoslavia. The Aspen 
Institute for Humanistic Study gives an 
annual communications award in his memory 
and Bill Moyers was the first recipient. Joan 
is president of her father's fund-raising and 
public relations firm. Her daughter is working 
for her masters at Leslie College in Cambridge 
and her son Jonathan, an extremely talented 
composer and performer, lives in Denver. 

Cholly has retired from teaching French 
and now has a full-time job with Danville 
Travel Service. Start planning now to come 
to our 35th reunion in 1981, and if she can 
help you with your travel plans, let her know. 



1950 



Secretary 

Waller Berkeley Fergusson (Mrs. Russell G.), 
6439 Roselawn Rd., Richmond VA 23226 
Fund Agent 

Debbie Freeman Cooper (Mrs. E. Newbold, 
Jr.), Orchard Lane, Wallingford. PA 19086 

Exactly one year ago today, I promised my- 
self I would do two things for certain during 
the year. One was to save the fall Alumnae 
Magazine so I would have a copy of last 
year's notes and the other was to write lots 
of cards at Christmas and in return receive 
bountiful news of our fellow classmates. 
Since both of these things slipped by me, I 
am now experiencing my annual July depres- 



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sion (which always arrives simultaneously 
with the 95 degree temperature) over strug- 
gling to make an exciting and worthwhile 
report with the few bits and pieces of infor- 
mation that have come my way concerning 
the class of 1950. 

FIFTY — we might as well admit amongst 
ourselves that that number has or will have 
shortly a great deal of significance for all of 
us. For those of you who have already reached 
your half-century, congratulations! I know 
each of you has exhibited or will exhibit 
courage, fortitude, and cheerfulness on hav- 
ing celebrated this milestone in life. It's just 
a pity that it arrives along with lots of bills 
from colleges and that we are not able to reap 
our just rewards, in the form of jewels, furs, 
cars, and trips to expensive and exotic places. 
I think perhaps guaranteed results from some 
of those colleges might be reward enough 
for some of us! 

Here's what our new senior citizens are 
doing: 

Lucy Kreusler Cary is to be congratulated 
on receiving a Master's Degree in Social 
Work and Community Planning from the U. 
of Maryland. She has been working and study- 
ing for the past three years and is currently 
working for the Maryland State Dept. of 
Human Resources. 

Jo Gulick Grant (Mrs. William) and family 
returned last fall from a four-year tour of duty 
at the American Embassy in Singapore. They 
are now living in Washington, DC. While 
in Singapore Jo taught high school French 
at the American School. She is now involved 
in a program of intensive English classes 
for newly arrived Jewish immigrants from the 
U.S.S.R. Jo's daughter Jennifer graduated 
from Worster College (Ohio) in June. Another 
daughter, Ellen, was a freshman at the U. of 
New Hampshire this past year. There are two 
Grant boys at home, and the whole family 
is glad to be back stateside, although some- 
what overwhelmed by the cost of living here. 

John Rasmussen retired from the Navy in 
August of '76 and is now manager of construc- 
tion for the Potomac Electric Power Co. He 
and his wife, Dolly Clark have moved to 
Bethesda, MD, and have become grand- 
parents for the second time. 

Emma Kyle Kimpel is working for her local 
newspaper as a photographer. She has a 
married son in the Air Force and another son 
getting an M.S. in engineering from the U. 
of Conn. Her daughter Alice is a freshman 
at Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls, NY. 
Her husband Helmut is in public relations 
and politics. 

Two messages from Lola Steele Shepherd 
turned up in the most recent batch forwarded 
from SBC. The first one was just chit-chat, 
but the second one is full of news including 
for me the very startling information that 
one of her daughters is now working right 
here in Richmond. Another daughter of 
Lola's, Gina, graduated from SBC a year ago 
May, having transferred from UCLA in 
order to study the James River. (I like that. 
It sounds like some of the logic we get around 
our house.) Gina went on to V.P.I, graduate 
school this past year. It sounds as if some 
real Virginia genes got into Lola's girls. 

Jody Livingston McFall writes from Jack- 
sonville of the publication of a book of poetry 
written by her daughter Gardener. Her son 
Dodge is attending Tufts College. It's good 
to hear from Jody again after such a long 
time. 

Bonnie Lloyd Crane will be living in Cairo 



for the next couple of years. Her husband is 
designing a new town, Sadat City, between 
Cairo and Alexandria. Her youngest daughter, 
Amanda, will be with them on this very excit- 
ing and impressive venture. She will attend 
the American School in Cairo. 

Bless Sally Bianchi Foster for including me 
on her Christmas card list. The card included 
a picture of a very happy family group ob- 
viously enjoying a pre-game picnic lunch. 
She didn't say where the picnic took place. 
It could have been Swarthmore, where her 
oldest daughter, Meg, was in her senior 
year. Or it could have been at Johns Hopkins, 
where Kate is studying Urban Planning, or 
Yale, where her son Andy was enjoying his 
freshman year, as was Joan Teetor Saxe's 
daughter Emily. Andy Foster was a National 
Merit Finalist at the high school in Verona. 

Bill Bailey Fritzinger and Nancy Nelson 
Swiggett had a twosome reunion at Bill's 
daughter's wedding in June a year ago. 
Nancy's family's number one pastime seems 
to be skiing. Her annual Christmas card 
always includes mention of a forthcoming 
ski trip somewhere. 

Susan Tucker Yankee writes from Mem- 
phis of her expectations of becoming a grand- 
mother and also of a trip to England and 
Scotland. Her daughter Ellen graduated with 
highest honors from the U. of Tenn. Needless 
to say, this gave her parents a special pleasure. 

In case some of you wonder about the funny 
time element involved in these news events, 
it's because the notes I refer to are almost 
a year old by the time our turn to be in the 
Alumnae Magazine rolls around. I get a 
little confused at times trying to keep the 
years straight. I am sure I make some mis- 
takes in the process. Forgive me. 

I guess it is just impossible to keep from 
adding my own two cents worth of news to this 
report. In July I went to N.Y.C. for the first 
time in ten years. Molly Fergusson lucked out 
on a summer job there and Fergie and I went 
up to spend a weekend with her. I went with 
mixed emotions; how else can you go to NYC 
after a long lapse, except with mixed emo- 
tions? It was fun! Expensive, dirty in parts, 
depressing in parts — but still fun. Molly loves 
New York and I am sure would love to return 
there on a permanent basis after she finishes 
at the Wharton School of Finance next spring. 
She loves it the same way she loves being in 
the heart of Philadelphia at an urban univer- 
sity. I was in a state of shock after we de- 
posited her at Wharton last fall. I guess I 
will always expect colleges to have lovely 
rural campuses and get a good laugh at 
myself when I get home and have a chance 
to reflect on my own naivete. She considers 
it being in the real world and for all I know 
she is absolutely right and I am still banging 
around in Never-Never Land. My Never- 
Never Land at this moment is a very peaceful 
cottage overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. 
The horizon is usually filled with sailboats, 
and there is a cool breeze that makes you 
forget the heat and humidity of our Rich- 
mond summers. Our cottage is at Deltaville 
and we would love to share it with anyone 
coming this way by land or sea! 

So long. Ladies. I feel much better now that 
I can say, "Done for another year." This 
euphoria will last until the winter issue comes 
out and then my reaction will be, "How 
pitiful!" Save me from this situation by 
writing to me during the year, please! 



1954 



Secretary 

Bruce Watts Krucke (Mrs. William), 101 Old 
Tavern Lane, Summerville, SC 29483 
Fund Agent 

Joy Parker Eldredge (Mrs. Charles L.), 4550 
Island Rd., Miami, FL 33137 

Well. I hope to tell you just enough about 
people to get you all revved up about seeing 
everyone again at our Big 25th Reunion. The 
dates are May 18-20 — so mark your calendars 
now! Shall we have a "who comes the farther- 
est" contest? Joan Oram Reid and Penny 
Norman could come from England; Margaret 
Van Peenan Grimes, from Belgium; or Logan 
Bentley Lessona, from Italy. Ann Thomas 
Donahue is back from the Philippines, but 
California is still pretty far. And we can't 
find Ginger Sadacca — anyone know where 
she lives now? 

Shirley Poulson Hooper is trying to make 
us feel old — talking about her grandchildren. 
Holly has two little boys. Trey just finished 
UNC and Laurie is at the U. of Richmond. 
Michelle goes to St. Paul's. Joan Anson 
Hurwit has typical SBC grad offspring. Jeff 
finished Duke magna cum laude and is at 
Boston U. Law School. Susan started at Conn. 
College, but transferred to Brown or Wes- 
leyan. Elizabeth graduated from Loomis- 
Chafee first in her class and is going to 
Harvard. Cindy Sinclair Rutherford's son 
Doug singlehandedly began a radio station 
in his Wichita high school. Young Bill is at 
Kansas U. The new art Museum in Wichita 
features a pair of beautiful, elegant fountains 
sculpted by Cindy's husband Bill. Cindy led 
a workshop at the National Middle School 
Assoc, meeting in Denver. Anne Sheffield 
Hale's son Sheffield is going to Hotchkiss. 
(The sons of Joan Brophy Tyree '53 are there 
too.) Anne is on the Board for Wolf Trap in 
Washington and very active in the Ga. Trust 
for Historic Preservation. Peggy Jones 
Stewart's family were all over the place in 
'77 — Elizabeth graduated from Yale, Guy III 
toured the Far East, Brad camped and rode 
in Colorado, and the twins, in Vermont. The 
whole family spent Christmas in Jamaica. 
Lynn Carlton McCaffree is now in Norfolk, 
where Mike commands the USS Shreveport. 
Lynn hopes to meet him in Europe when the 
ship is in the Mediterranean. Betsy spent 
a school year in France, went to William 
and Mary summer school so she could grad- 
uate in December, and was married in Jan- 
uary to a naval officer, David Antanitus. 
They live in California, where he's on a nu- 
clear submarine. Debbie is at the U. of 
Jacksonville. Lynn is very busy with a number 
of "wives" groups with the navy. Jeanne 
Stoddart Barends writes that Freddie is 
co-captain of the soccer team and also plays 
basketball. Jeanne drives 65 miles a day so 
Amy can continue at Worthington Christian 
School. She spends a great deal of time car- 
ing for her 93-year-old aunt and her unwell 
mother-in-law. Tennis is her recreation (true 
for many of us!) Mary Ann Bowns Bell plays 
in the same group. 

Bev Smith Bragg's daughter Dabney is at 
Vanderbilt Law School after graduating from 
the U. of Ala. (Ann Henry Lake's daughter 
is at Vandy also.) Dabney got her start at 
SBC. Martha is at Brenau — she spent the 
summer in Europe. Bill and Bev had a trip 



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to Austria. Bev is very active in civic work 
and Woman Health. Dilly Johnson Jones' 
daughter Sanford is at Mary Baldwin. Paul 
III has been helped enormously by a new 
seizure medicine and is finishing high school. 
Louise was sophomore class president and 
plays varsity basketball. The Joneses see the 
Deatons (Ruthie Frye) quite ofren. The 
Deatons also visited Barbara Chase Webber 
in Houston. Ruthie's daughters attended 
tennis camp at SBC. Mary Ballard Ward's 
daughter Sarah, 8, was in Mary Winsett 
Schmidt's daughter Ewing's wedding in 
Amarillo. Ann Venable Rodgers was there 
too. 

Meri Hodges Major and young Walt 
visited with Joy Parker Eldredge and family 
in the North Carolina mountains. Meri's fall 
was kept busy with Louise's debut in Rich- 
mond at Christmas. Joy's daughter Lisa 
graduated in engineering from Tulane and 
was being actively persued by several cor- 
porations. Clark is in engineering at Ransom. 
Sue Basselt Finnegan has sons at Yale and 
Union. The whole family had a trip to Italy. 
Sue has her own business — Elmwood In- 
teriors, and she's on the board of the Nat'l 
Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood 
Centers and on the Nat'l Advisory Committee 
for Project VIE of the Junior Leagues of 
America. 

Joan Potter Bickel writes of their trips 
(mostly bad weather) to Puerto Rico, Las 
Vegas, Miami, and Virginia. They have added 
a greenhouse to their home. Mary Ann Robb 
Freer has had trips to Hawaii, Williams- 
burg, and New Brunswick for a color presen- 
tation and ceremony for Rome's old RCAF 
unit from WWII. Sally Bumbaugh says the 
Jersey Shore real estate business is brand 
new since the opening of the casinos in At- 
lantic City. Martha Dabney Leclere has 
started teaching Spanish at Hampton Roads 
Academy and going for her Masters at 
William & Mary. Their youngest of five is 
in school now. Kitty Willcox Reiland has 
moved from Chatham to West Barnstable on 
the Cape. Leta Patton Badgett has a new 
home in Dallas as does Faith Aldrich Wycoff 
in Manchester, MA. Our traveling Nunn, 
Betsy Kennedy, has moved again — from 
Lexington, KY, to Guilderland. NY. We 
Kruckes are all fine. Carl likes his job and 
schooling at the Naval Shipyard very much 
— it was worth the wait. We've added another 
room and bath to his end of the house so 
that he has practically a separate apartment. 
Kurt came home from Clemson in March with 
very good grades but very unhappy. He'll 
go back to school here in the fall. He worked 
at Middleton Place plantation until June 
when he took a six-week European trip — 
going over on the QEII. After a business trip. 
Bill met him and they hiked for three weeks 
in Germany, Austria, and England. Kurt's 
house painting now. John enters high school 
this year — he's taller than I! He went to 
band camp at Furman U. and has a job now 
as a soda jerk in a little old fashioned drug 
store in Summerville. Bill and I had a nice 
trip to England and Scotland last fall. I am 
volunteer guide at Middleton Place House 
now and love it — I find myself becoming an 
anachronism. My summer is very busy as co- 
ordinator for our pool, its staff, membership, 
guests, and huge swimming lesson program. 
The spring art shows were good to me again 
and I've been asked to do a one-man show in 
the Camden, SC, art museum after Christmas. 
Please start assembling family photos — 



and "priceless" memory pictures of our col- 
lege years for our reunion scrapbook. Even 
if, as we hope, you plan to come, we want 
everyone in the book. I'll send a reminder 
later. You'll also be contacted about a class 
gift — a 25th reunion tradition. We're looking 
forward to seeing EVERYONE there! 



1958 



Fund Agent 

Stephanie Butan Profaci (Mrs. I.J.), Walnut 
Point Farm. Chestertown, MD 21620 

Olivia Benedict Maynard, Flint, MI, is 
vice chairperson of the Michigan Democratic 
Party. She obtained a B.A. at George Wash- 
ington U. and an M.S.W. at the U. of Michi- 
gan School of Social Work in 1971. She is 
active in NASW. politics and civic organiza- 
tions and enjoys outdoor activities — sailing, 
skiing (both kinds), racquetball, tennis and 
camping. She has a daughter, 19, and two 
younger sons. 

Lee Brown Billingsley, who finished her 
B.A. at Wheaton College and received an 
M.Ed, at Harvard, lives in Rye, NY, with 
husband Jim, an executive with A.T. and T., 
and their four children. Lee stays busy with 
PTO, tutoring. Christian Education Com- 
mittee, music, skiing, and tennis. 

Mary Louise Burette Woolsey is the second 
woman in the 350-year history of Hampton, 
NH, to be elected to the Board of Selectmen. 
The AAUW has been of great encouragement 
to her, and she has also been active in Girl 
Scouting and PTO. She has two sons, 13 and 
7, and two daughters, 11 and 8. Husband 
Charles is retired. 

Mary-Lane Bryan Sullivan. John and their 
three children live in Cleveland Heights. OH. 
where John is an attorney and Mary-Lane is 
an occupational therapist, at present working 
in pediatric rehabilitation. She is active in 
art-oriented groups (Cleveland Museum of 
Art, Print Club, etc.) and she and John share 
a passion for travel. They made a brief trip 
to SBC for Reunion. 

Joan Cabaniss Harrison and her dentist 
husband have three children, the oldest of 
which has finished his freshman year at 
Hampton-Sydney College. They live in Bir- 
mingham. 

Claire Cannon Christopher, Winston- 
Salem, continues to serve on boards con- 
cerned with mental retardation and mental 
health, plays tennis, teaches Jr. Great Books, 
and attends poetry workshops at Wake Forest 
U. She and her husband, who is with R.J. 
Reynolds Tobacco Co., have three children 
— John, 16, and their "Irish twins." Ashley. 
11, and David, 10. 

Alexandra Carpenter Cole is very active 
in the Episcopal Church, serving on the Altar 
Guild and the Ecumenical Commission for 
the Dioceses of Newark and attending a 
Covenant Consultation with the Roman 
Catholic Archdiocese of Newark in May. She 
is also a member of the League of Women 
Voters, and thanks to sons, 9 and 11. active 
in PTA and as a Cub Scout den leader. Her 
husband is an associate professor of mechan- 
ical engineering at Stevens Institute of 
Technology. 

Lee Cooper van de Velde is concerned with 
community organizations in Philadelphia — 



when she's not busy being a mother to five, 
the oldest of whom is at Kenyon and the 
next at Emerson. Her husband is executive 
director of the Chester Development Office. 

Lynn Crosby Gammill returns to the cam- 
pus from time to time in her role of chairman 
of the SBC Friends of the Library. She is also 
president of the Hattiesburg (MS) Civic Arts 
Council and interested in art collection, ten- 
nis, travel and the Episcopal Church. Her 
husband Stewart is president of Interpine 
Lumber Co., an&they have three children. 

Susan Day Dean went to graduate school 
(after working eight years in NYC) at Bryn 
Mawr and now teaches English and American 
Lit. there two-thirds time as an assistant 
professor. Husband Tom is an associate pro- 
fessor of religion at Temple U.. and they live 
in Swarthmore, PA, with their children 8 and 
5. 

Carol Dennis Fielding graduated from the 
U. of N.C. and received an M.A. from the U. 
of San Francisco. In 1970 she and her hus- 
band Ted, a retired Captain, USN, moved 
to a ranch in northern California (Igo), where 
she has become active in Grange and learning 
how to ranch. She has three grown step- 
children. 

Louise Frances Durham Williams, hus- 
band Harold and two children live in Rich- 
mond, where he is with First and Merchants 
Bank. After leaving SBC, she got a B.S. in 
Education at U.Va. and is now involved in 
work for Jr. League, Historic Richmond 
Foundation, Retreat Hospitals, Richmond 
Symphony and Garden Club. She enjoys 
tennis. 

Sandra Elder Harper writes that she has 
an insatiable yearning for travel — a fortunate 
bias, since she and her Navy Commander 
husband are stationed in Naples. She also 
teaches quilting (her "present consuming 
passion") to other NATO wives. After a 
B.A. from George Washington U., she re- 
ceived an M.A. in art history from California 
State U.. San Diego. 

Alice Eller Patterson is an attorney in 
Winston-Salem, after having received a J.D. 
at Wake Forest U. in 1976. She is active in 
Jr. League and church work and keeps fit 
through tennis and running. She has a 15- 
year-old son. 

Elizabeth Lee Gallo Skladal is an ele- 
mentary teacher in Anchorage, AK, where her 
husband George is a lawyer. Their older son 
has finished his freshman year at Texas A. 
and M., and the younger, 12, is a violinist. 
Elizabeth is also involved in a variety of 
musical activities. 

Judith Louise Graham Lewis, Charleston, 
WV, is an RN, and husband James, an 
Episcopal minister. They have four children, 
including 14-year old twin girls. 

Ina Hamilton Hart finished her B.A. at 
Tulane U. and is now involved in church, 
school, and sorority work in Shaker Heights. 
OH, where her husband Bob is an attorney 
in the Law Dept. of the City. They have three 
children — 14, 12, and 7. 

Catherine Hill Loth, after living for seven 
years of her married life in Venezuela and 
Chile, is now in Barrington. RI. where hus- 
band Bilhard is a financial consultant. They 
have three children. 

Nancy Jane Imboden Spears and husband 
Richard Lee live in Clinton, MD. Their 
daughter Brenda is 17. 

Sally Kendall Bundy is a realtor in Beau- 
mont. TX, where husband Howard is a 
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She Began With a Box Camera 

Emma Kyle Kimpel '50, daughter of Emma Adams 
Kyle '21, is a professional photographer with the 
Warwick, NY Advertiser Photo News, covering sports, 
accidents, fires, meetings and changing scenes in a rural 
community. "As a youngster I began snapping pictures 
with a simple Brownie box camera. I remember in 
physics class at SBC that we made our own "pin-hole" 
camera. I've always enjoyed art and painting but shifted 
my eye from the canvas to the lens because for me the 
camera is better than the brush in expressing my artistic 
interest." An economics major, Emma did the art covers 
for The Brambler. "At that time SBC did not offer a 
course in basic photography as it now does. . .1 was at 
SBC when Martha Lucas was president and thus be- 
came interested in international affairs, which may have 
led to my marriage to Helmut Kimpel, born in Germany, 
who was a political affairs consultant for the US State 
Dept. We have two sons, 25 and 24, and one daughter, 
20. 

"I now have press accreditations at the United Nations 
and have access to special sessions and to its photo 
library. Cameramen at the UN must secure cameras 
around their necks or else fasten them to mounts in 
press booths; one time a photographer accidentally 
dropped his camera down onto the floor of the Security 
Council chamber, causing a scare. They thought it was 
a bomb!" 

Because Emma particularly likes to photograph land- 
scapes we asked to see several black-white shots. Her 
work suggests certain poets and we hope you like 
both words and pictures. Her camera is a Honeywell 
Pentox Spotmatic F; film is Kodak Tri-X. 





Bredon Hill 

In the summertime on Bredon 

The bells they sound so clear; 
Round both the shires they ring them 
In steeples far and near, 
A happy noise to hear. 

Here of a Sunday morning 

My love and I would lie, 
And see the coloured counties 

And hear the larks so high 

About us in the sky. 

The bells would ring to call her 
In valleys miles away; 

'Come to church, good people; 
Good people, come and pray.' 
But here my love would stay. 

And I would turn and answer 
Among the springing thyme, 

'O, peal upon our wedding 
And we will hear the chime. 
And come to church in time.' 

But when the snows at Christmas 
On Bredon top were strown, 

My love rose up so early 
And stole out unbeknown 
And went to church alone. 

They tolled the one bell only, 
Groom there was none to see, 

The mourners followed after 
And so to church went she. 
And would not wait for me. 



. . .But O for the touch of a vanish'd hand 
And the sound of a voice that is still! 



The bells they sound on Bredon. 

And still the steeples hum. 
'Come all to church, good people, '- 

Oh, noisy bells, be dumb; 

I hear you, I will come. 



—Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1809-1892 



— A.E. Housman. 1859- 1936 



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Asleep 

Under his helmet, up against his pack. 

After the many days of work and waking. 

Sleep took him by the brow and laid him back. 

And in the happy no-time of his sleeping. 

Death took him by the heart. There was a quaking 

Of the aborted life within him leaping. . . 

Then chest and sleepy arms once more fell slack. . . 

Whether his deeper sleep lies shaded by the shaking 

Of great wings, and the thoughts that hung the stars, 

High pillowed on calm pillows of God's making 

Above these clouds, these rains, these sleets of lead. 

And these winds' scimitars; 

— Or whether yet his thin and sodden head 

Confuses more and more with the low mould. 

His hair being one with the grey grass 

And finished fields of autumns that are old. . . 

Who knows? Who hopes? Who troubles? Let is pass! 

He sleeps. He sleeps tremulous, less cold 

Then we who must wake, and waking, say Alas! 

—Wilfred Owen, November 14, 1917 




One Perfect Rose 

A single flow'r he sent to me. since we met. 

All tenderly his messenger he chose; 
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet — 

One perfect rose. 

I knew the language of the floweret; 

"My fragile leaves," it said, "his heart enclose." 
Love long has taken for his amulet 

One perfect rose. 

Why is it no one ever sent me yet 
One perfect limousine, do you suppose? 

Ah, no. it's always just my luck to get 
One perfect rose. 

—Dorothy Parker, 1892-1967 



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division manager for Con-Select, Inc. The 
oldest of their three children is a freshman 
at the U. of Texas. 

Having received an M.Ed, at Cornell U., 
Edie Knapp Clark is a science teacher in 
Portland. OR. She and Roger, a research 
and development technician with Energex, 
LTD., and their two teenage sons live in 
Beaverton. 

Laurie Lanier Samuels has embarked on a 
new career as Director of Volunteer Donor 
Programs at the Shreveport Regional Blood 
Center. Son Ben's high school graduation 
kept her from attending reunion. He is now 
attending L.S.U. in Baton Rouge. 

Cornelia Long Matson is Director of 
Development for the YWCA of the City of 
New York. She enjoys trips to a recently 
purchased place in Long Boat Key, FL, and 
has recently taken up golf. She has three 
children, as does her stockbroker husband. 

Cecia Loving Richeson, Madison Heights, 
VA, is a substitute teacher, is active in church 
work and H.S. Band Boosters, and enjoys 
needlework, crafts and tennis. Husband 
Charles is manager of quality control engi- 
neering for Babcock and Wilcox in Lynch- 
burg, and they have three daughters, the 
oldest of whom is a sophomore at SBC. 

Ruth Mackie Gabay, after teaching four 
years, now does only substitute teaching and 
tutoring, plus Christian education, in order 
to devote herself to her family. She and Ken- 
neth, an IBM marketing representative, 
have four children. Ruth is also active in 
LWV and a French group. 

Linda MacPherson Gilbert's husband has 
recently become president of Eureka College 
in Illinois, and she is active in the Eureka 
Christian Church. AAUW and College 
Women's Club and enjoys swimming. They 
have three children. 

Elizabeth McCutchen Williams, Columbia, 
SC, is working on an M.A. in English at the 
U. of South Carolina and also finds time for 
tennis, running, reading, sewing, knitting, 
and cooking. She and husband John, a lawyer, 
have three children. 

Carol McClave Mercner, West Chester, 
PA, holds three part-time jobs — in book- 
keeping, public relations, and writing. She 
and her husband Richard, regional industrial 
sales manager for the LOF Co., have two 
daughters, both at Penn State. 

Julia McCullough Shivers is in Atlanta, 
letting her three teenagers raise her, she says. 
The oldest, another Julia, graduated from 
Westminster with honors and was heading 
for college. Olin spent the summer at the 
Georgia Governor's Honors Program. Mary, 
13, hoped to be a mother's helper in France. 

Linda McGuire Last and husband Robert, 
executive v. p. of an equipment company, have 
four children, including twins, almost 13. 
They live in Duncanville, TX. 

Carolyn Mclvor Dews and husband Mal- 
colm, manager of Fowler Roofing Co., have 
three sons. They live in Virginia Beach. 

Lynne Morris Barnett, her dentist husband 
Walter, and her daughters, 9 and 10, live 
in San Antonio. She has an M.A. from Bryn 
Mawr and a long list of volunteer activites, 
but skiing is her favorite past-time. 

Camille Mueller Parker and husband Bill, 
an oil operator, also live in San Antonio. 
They have three teenagers, the oldest of whom 
they hope will be interested in Sweet Briar. 
Camille's interests range from Church to 
charity balls, needlework to garden clubs, 
with tennis and swimming for exercise. 

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June Neighbors Morton says three teenagers 
take more time and worry than three babies 
did and she has retired temporarily from 
everything. She, jeweler husband Ted and 
their two sons and daughter live in Fort 
Worth. TX. 

Joan Nelson Bargamin, Richmond, shares 
her husband Paru's professional interests. He 
is an insurance claims attorney, and she is a 
law firm investigator for personal injury case 
claims, having had paralegal training. They 
have two sons, 14 and 15. Joan has been in- 
volved in church, symphony, civic associa- 
tions and woman's clubs, but family illness 
has curtailed her activities. She is also un- 
able to serve as class secretary, the office 
she was elected to at Reunion — without her 
consent. 

Ethel Ogden Burwell and John, a manager 
with the Chrysler Corp., live in Grosse Pointe, 
MI. They have three children, the oldest of 
whom is a member of the Class of '82 at 
Sweet Briar. Ethel plays tennis and is an 
active volunteer in many areas, mostly related 
to her children. 

Jane Elizabeth Oxner Waring, husband 
John, and three children live in Charleston, 
SC, where he is in investments. Jane is serv- 
ing on the boards of the Charleston Museum 
and of Comprehensive Emergency Services 
for Charleston County. She is a former Jr. 
League president. 

Val Parker Storms and attorney husband 
Cliff live in Cos Cob, CT. Val has three child- 
ren, and Cliff, two. Val missed reunion be- 
cause of a conflicting two-week trip to Europe. 

Betty Anne Phillips Sanford and Bill, 
Lynchburg, have five children, including 
19-year old twins. Bill is regional manager 
for Olan Mills, and Betty stays busy with a 
hobby business (fabric handbags) and church, 
club, and school work — including SBC 
Alumnae Club. She and Bill are frequent 
travelers on SBC Alumnae trips. 

Ann Plumb Duke's husband is a U.S. 
Navy chaplain in San Diego, and they have 
three children. Ann's interests include PTA, 
Red Cross swimming, and Spanish. 

Sue Rosson Tejml has just opened her own 
law practice in Bay City, TX — a proud oc- 
casion for her 16-year-old daughter, her 
69-year-old mother, and her 90-year-old 
grandmother, all of whom helped her address 
announcements for the opening. Her hus- 
band Emil. plant manager of the Celanese 
Chemical Co., and their sons. 14 and 6. are 
equally proud and supportive. 

Caroline Sauls Shaw and Robert have a 
one-year old son, welcomed, no doubt, by her 
9-year old Alex. As music director of the At- 
lanta Symphony Orchestra. Robert does much 
traveling and Caroline often accompanies 
him. 

Elaine Schuster, attorney at law, is the 
first woman to be a member of the Board of 
Adjustment of Oklahoma County. She lives 
and practices in Oklahoma City, and in ad- 
dition to her law degree, she has an M.A. in 
economics from Oklahoma U. 

Adele Scott Caruthers continues her work 
in occupational therapy in the Infant Stimu- 
lation program and serves as a lay reader in 
St. Andrews Episcopal Church and as a Girl 
Scout leader. She. her husband Blake, a pro- 
gram analyst, and their two children live 
in Wellesley, MA. 

Gertrude Sharp Caldwell, a Vanderbilt 
graduate, is very active in the work of the 
Tenn. Fine Arts Center, currently serving 



as the Woman Chairman of Patrons for the 
$2,000,000 Fund Drive. She is also interested 
in restoration projects and the collection 
of antiques. The home she shares with her 
doctor husband and their three children was 
recently featured in Antiques Magazine. 

Jane Shipman Kuntz, mother of three, 
including 17-year old twins, is president of the 
Peanut Publishing Corp., currently reorgan- 
izing and hoping to start printing the Peanut 
Press again this fall. She is also working on 
the Congressional campaign for a good friend 
and continuing many other activities. Hus- 
band Eddie is v.p. of commercial sales for 
a firm of realtors. 

Betty Rae Sivalls Davis and husband Paul 
live in Midland, TX, where he is executive 
v.p. of First Savings and Loan and she is 
president of the Women of the Episcopal 
Church and senior adviser for Girl Scouts. 
She also enjoys tennis and aerobic dance. 
They have a daughter and a son. 

Stephanie Sparger Hanbury and husband 
Harry are both in advertising in New York 
City — she as senior writer/associate producer 
and he as TV/syndication media coordinator. 
She still loves sailing. 

Polly Sykes Treadwell, husband Dick, 
and their four children live in Ross, CA, where 
he is a portfolio manager. Patty is SBC 
Alumnae chairman for Region X and is active 
in Jr. League and on Parents Association 
Board. 

Beedy Tatlow Ritchie enjoys tennis, golf, 
skiing, and paddle tennis and watching her 
three children perform in all sports. She says 
she also is a volunteer nut — for Jr. League, 
Antique Show, Book Fair, PTA, etc. Hus- 
band Dick is executive v.p. of Union First 
National Bank, Washington, DC. 

Lanny Tuller Webster and Billy, who live 
in Greenville, SC, have two children in 
college — Billy, a senior at W and L and 
Elizabeth a sophomore at SBC. 

Patricia Williams Twohy and husband 
Edward are real estate brokers in Richmond. 
She is a Jr. League sustainer and works in the 
Episcopal Church and on behalf of the Col- 
legiate Schools, where their two daughters 
are students. 

Winifred Winter Cocke and husband 
Bartlett, both U. of Texas graduates, and 
their three children live in San Antonio, TX. 
He is a general contractor, and she is an 
active volunteer, serving on the executive 
board of the Diocese of the Episcopal Church 
and the Good Samaritan Center Board, work- 
ing for family Services, United Way, and Jr. 
League. She is also interested in the arts — 
ballet, music and art exhibits. 

Letha (Lee) Wood Audhuy is an assistant 
professor (maitre-assistant) in American 
Studies at the U. of Toulouse. Having ob- 
tained the Licence in English, the Diplome 
d'Etudes Superieures, and is working on the 
Doctoral d'Etat. She enjoys tennis, skiing 
and gardening and belongs to an ecology 
group. She and husband Patrick, a manage- 
ment consultant, have two children, 5 and 3. 

Dotsie Wood McLeod, physician husband 
Alex, and two children, 9 and 5, live in Nash- 
ville. Dotsie is on the S.B. Alumnae Board 
and Symphony Guild Board, is chairman of 
the RIF progrm and active in Colonial Dames. 
She enjoys tennis, sewing, gardening, and 
needlepoint and helps Alex keep the Clan 
McLeod in order while he is president. 

Elizabeth Worrell Coughlin is Director 
of Development and Public Affairs for the 
Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA. She is also 



involved in political campaigns on the local, 
state and national level, since her husband 
Lawrence is a U.S. Congressman from Pen- 
nsylvania. They have three teen-age children. 



1962 



Secretary 

Anne Allen Symonds (Mrs. I. Taft). 11 West- 
lane, Houston. TX 77019 
Fund Agents 

Alice -4/Zen Smyth (Mrs. Ross J.), 2631 Bever- 
wyck Dr., Chariotte, NC 2821 1 
Barbara Ross Goode (Mrs. David J.), 4311 
Belknap Rd., Charlotte. NC 2821 1 
Birth 

Douglass Dockery Porteous, 2nd child, 1st 
daughter, Alexandra Keith. Sept. 20, 1977 
Marriage 

Cary Lamond Dillon to Tony Lynch, Mar. 31, 
1977 

Marjorie Schramm Holbrook. husband 
Ray, and daughters Crickett and Elizabeth 
moved to Pleasantville. NJ, from Columbus, 
MS, in June. Ray is associated with Atlantic 
City Broadcasting. Marjorie mentioned that 
Crickett enters college this fall. Is she our 
first offspring to do so? It has been suggested 
that with children going to prep schools and 
colleges many could be at the same place 
and not know their mothers were SBC class- 
mates. Please keep me posted and in turn 
I will keep you informed. For instance, Alice 
Allen Smyth, Ann Rilchey Baruch, May Belle 
Scotr Rauch, and Patsy Carney Reed have 
their sons at Camp Carolina this summer and 
Alice's and Ann's girls are at Camp Yanoh- 
lossee, both camps in North Carolina. 

Alice also wrote that she, Ross, and children 
spent spring vacation with Chloe Fort Lender- 
man and her girls in Florida. Chloe, Rosalie 
Smithy Tallman and Chuck went to Spoletto 
Music Festival in Charleston last spring. The 
Tallmans bought a farm in France recently. 
Alice has bought in as a partner in an antiques 
has bought in as a partner in an antiques 
shop, spending two days a week tending 
store. She also frequents NYC on buying 
trips. Last fall she helped Ann Ritchey 
Baruch choose a secretary for her house which 
was on a Christmas house tour last Christmas. 
Barby Ross Goode and Alice are happy to 
report 48% participation in class fund giv- 
ing. 

Betsy Cate Pringle lives in Columbia, SC, 
where Johnny teaches at the University. 
Alice reported that he has recently published 
a textbook in his field. Katsy Webb and Hugh 
Ragsdale's two sons are ranked tennis players 
in Alabama. Katsy works in their club's 
pro shop. Hugh, who teaches history at the 
U. of Alabama, also has a recently published 
work. 

Katie Crommelin Milton has her doctorate 
in Anthropology, bases herself in NYC, has 
recently been in the Far East, and at time of 
press was pondering a teaching job at Berke- 
ley. Brooke Hamilton Cressall received her 
Masters in Early Childhood Education and 
last year taught remedial reading. Betsy 
Share Gross graduated from Simmons Col- 
lege in Boston and begins work on her masters 
in the fall. Ann Houghton Carpenter is cur- 
rently working on her masters at George 
Mason U. in Special Ed. Jane Roulston 
Schottker received her Masters in Social 
Work from Commonwealth U. in May. 



A one-night trip to Washington, DC, in 
June included a fast Bloody Mary with Adele 
Vogel and Parker Harrell at Rue Wallace 
'61 and Ardon Judd's house. Adele got her 
Masters in Sociology in June and has decided 
to forsake work and go for her doctorate full 
time in the fall. Parker has his own executive 
search firm and a small company as well. 
Betty Thomas Chambers also lives in Wash- 
ington, needs a dissertation for her doctorate 
in French, and teaches at George Washington 
U. Her husband is a lawyer. Adele Shinberger 
Smith has a Masters in Social Work and 
works at the Bunker Hill Mental Health 
Center, an affiliate of Massachusetts General 
Hospital. Back in Norfolk. VA, is Lydia 
Taylor de Sotomayer who has completed her 
first year of law school at William and Mary, 
first in her class! 

The Alumnae Office sent me a clipping 
on Anne Parker Schmalz from the New Haven 
Register, Jan. 1, 1978, detailing her successful 
"Horticultural Curators." In addition, she 
works part time for Lexington Gardens, Inc., 
a division of Pepperidge Farms, in their green- 
house and wholesale division. Cynthia 
Vaughan Urfer and husband have left the 
Big Apple for Willow Brook Farm in Morris- 
town, NJ. Lucy Lisle Coombs and her three 
children are living in Washington, DC. 
They spent the summer in Duxbury, MA. 

Cary Lamond Lynch married an Irish- 
man. She is working as an agent for Equitable 
Life of New York and living in Mission Viejo. 
CA. From the Bay Area of California Mary 
Sturr Cornelius writes she was Provisional 
Chairman of the Jr. League last year and also 
volunteered for the Lincoln Child Center. 
Also in San Francisco is Gwen Weiner, who 
is painting portraits in addition to doing her 
interior designing. She is a member of ASID. 
Julilette Anthony is working at Compuneties, 
an educational film company in Beverly 
Hills and has taken up hang gliding over 
the dunes of Santa Rosa! Suzy Shiniek lives 
in Beverly Glen, CA, dabbles in real estate, 
writes and illustrates. She recently had a 
drawing in the New Yorker. 

Adeline Kamke Cook lives in Crystal Lake, 
IL, where she's active in community, school, 
and AAUW, of which she's a past board 
member. She is painting and enjoying an 
antiques study group and had organized a 
study of artists and paintings for the public 
schools. Close to Chicago, she'd like visitors. 
Elizabeth Farmer Owen is the new president 
of the Alliance, the volunteer group at the 
Louisville Museum, a big undertaking with 
500 volunteers involved, many of whom are 
SBC alumnae. Ginger Borah Slaughter at 
Atlanta's Bureau of Planning is involved 
in parks and recreation planning, is active 
in the Georgia Conservancy, and explores 
state parks with David, 12. 

Beth Johnson Phillips and Jim have moved 
into their new house in Maryland which Jim 
designed. He has a busy practice in ortho- 
pedics, does research, and takes violin with 
their oldest daughter Angela. Beth studies 
cello and is on the board of the sailing club. 
Both are still racing. Beth on their boat, 
Riever. and Jim on a boat he owns with three 
others. Martha Baum Sikes' husband is in 
the international freight container business 
in Cornelia, GA. Martha is teaching French. 
Spanish, and English on the high school level 
and has lately won two local tennis tourna- 
ments. Matthew is 8 and Suzanne. 7. Puddin 
Newberry Coons has moved to Las Vegas, 
NM. a small community she likes very much. 



Her three children. Richard, Anna, and 
Edward, spent the summer in camp in Texas. 
She reported Virginia Ready McKeel and 
family are in St. Louis and Loti Kennedy 
Savage has a dress shop in Alexandria. 

Jocelyn Palmer Connors and family have 
moved into their new home, which overlooks 
the Blue Ridge Mountains, and report it's 
great fun to have room for the horses. Mina 
Walker Wood, our landscapist, went to 
Roanoke and helped Jocelyn layout her gar- 
den. Mary Brush Bass has a new shop in 
Winston-Salem called the Tack and Tweed 
which handles all kinds of riding gear and 
attire. 

Louise Durham Purvis was hoping to rent 
her house for the British Open — she, John 
and a Cordon Bleu cook doing the cook, 
maid, butler, chauffeur bit. Anyone interested 
for the next British Open at St. Andrews 
write Louise. The Purvises were spending the 
remainder of the summer in Charlestown. 
Fran Early has plans for three weeks in 
England and Scotland in October. She was 
in California last spring and has spent week- 
ends travelling in Texas. Fran's picture and 
comments were recently in a Houston paper 
in an article on weather comparisons between 
the North and the South. Nancy Lord Guthrie 
has moved to Amsterdam from Dublin. Her 
husband is with Bank of America. They lived 
in London before Dublin. 

Douglass Dockery Porteous has been busy 
during the King Tut Exhibition in New 
Orleans with Chloe Fort Linderman, Gloria 
Mederer and Wilby Coleman, and Allison 
Moore and Tom Garrott in town. Douglass 
is Regional Chairman for the Metropolitan 
Opera National Council. This job takes her 
to NYC several times a year. Allison Moore 
Garrett's son Murray, 12, is deep into 
violin, studying by the Suzuki method, and 
has played in Carnegie Hall, for the Presi- 
dent in Washington, and in Atlanta. He is 
a superb tennis player as well. 

Mary Layne Shine Gregg is getting her 
degree in Psychiatric Nursing. Ann Percy 
is Curator of Prints at the Philadelphia 
Museum of Fine Arts. Betsy Pearson Griffin 
was Chairman of Nominating for the Jr. 
League and is currently pursuing a job in 
the field of city planning. 

Andrea Denison met Jack Wechsler in 
Dec. '74 and married him shortly thereafter, 
giving up her criminal law practice which 
was too time consuming to contunue. She 
became Senior Legal Editor of Prentice- 
Hall's Practicing Attorney's Letter but also 
did writing and research in other fields, 
including travel and food. Andrea has recently 
resigned from Prentice-Hall to free lance, 
has an arrangement with Houghton-Miffin 
to do children's dictionaries, and has given 
up her workaholic (self described) past life 
for a leisurely 40-45-hour week. In marrying 
Jack. Andrea inherited four grandchildren, 
ages 6 mos. to 9 yrs., and does not relish 
being called "Grandmother"! Andrea's letter, 
unfortunately, has been condensed into a 
peanut shell. Living in Hackensack, NJ. 
the Weschlers are househunting, with the 
Lynchburg area a prime consideration. 

For those who claim I have ruined their 
address books, be happy to know the Symonds 
have reached their final destination, moving 
back to Houston in January. Taft has set up 
the Symonds Trust Co., bought into a steel 
importing firm, and gone into the offshore 
catering business. He's busy. We had two 
weeks in the Far East, where I was reunited 

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with my SBC chums of five years before, Katie 
Mendelson McDonald '60, Marilyn Dreesman 
Chuang '61. and Min Ho '60. Katie and Mari- 
lyn are still in Hong Kong, and Min lives 
in California with three children and her 
husband, a heart surgeon. We had two days 
in Seoul with Nancy Hudler Keuffel and 
Gerd. who spent the summer in Princeton. 
They are looking for a transfer and hoping 
for a more liberated posting. To those of you 
who answered my SOS postcards, I am etern- 
ally grateful. 



1966 



Secretary 

Abby Patterson Shultis (Mrs. N. Gary), Horse- 
shoes House, Saunderton, Aylesbury, Bucks., 
England 
Fund Agent 

Martha Madden Swanson (Mrs. David H.), 
7970 Community Dr., Manassas. VA 221 10 

Births 

Robert Jan Blakely, 2nd son, to Cindy Michel 

Blakely and Robert, Jan. 21, 1977. 

Benjamin Harrison Ward to Delia Harrison 

Ward and Donald, May 9, 1977. 

Lucinda Ashley Myers, 2nd daughter, 3rd 

child, to Peggy Gilmer Myers and Sammy. 

May 27, 1977. 

Justin Butler Bishop, 1st child, to Nancy 

Schmitt Bishop and Robert. June 1, 1977. 

Adrian Mitford Massie, 1st child, to Ellie 

Gilmore Massie and Robert, June 22, 1977. 

Robert Ward Stern, 1st child, to Anne Ward 

Stern and Edward, Dec. 8, 1977. 

Jotham Thomas Johnson, 2nd son, to Gracie 

Butler Johnson and Jo, Feb. 25, 1978. 

Laura Davidson Spratley, 2nd daughter, to 

Laura Saunders Spratley and Vernon, Mar. 

24. 1978. 

Greetings from abroad! We moved to 
England on fairly short notice last summer, 
just about the time Class Notes were due. 
Standing in the queue to have my passport 
checked, I ran into Pat Gromel Young, who 
was hoping to find a place in Chelsea while 
Tom is here with Mobil. 1 adore living in 
England, and we are in the country about an 
hour from Heathrow airport and would love 
any visitors. Some of the news I am passing 
along may be old, but if everyone will drop me 
a note at Christmas, I will send out a letter 
early in February and get us all caught up! 

Judy Baker DeSouza is still living in Rio de 
Janeiro and would love some visitors. Her sons 
Jamie and Boiling are growing fast and 
"becoming very Brazilian." 

Gracie Butler Johnson and her husband Jo 
earn the prize for constant note writing and 
keeping me up to date. Their son Alexander, 
our re-union mascot, enjoys his baby brother. 
Jo is volunteering time with the local fire 
department, and Gracie completed Cardio- 
pulmonary Resuscitation training and volun- 
teers time with the First Aid Squad. Over the 
past several summers, she has been coaching a 
very successful Little League team. Gracie saw 
Bitsy Taggart Fitzimmons at their boarding 
school reunion in April. Gracie has also been 
active in church affairs and is working hard 
with the PTSA Environmental Education 
Committee. 

Tia Campbell McMillan and Bob moved 
back to their hometown, Charleston, WV, last 

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winter. They are busy with their three 
children, Julia, Andrew, and Tyler, and with 
the building of a new house. 

As of last summer, Lin Campbell Doscher 
was finding New England fascinating. Having 
survived the winter, she was busy as Executive 
Director for Planned Parenthood in her area. 

Nancy Conkle Swann and David have 
moved to Winston-Salem, sadly leaving 
Morganton and the mountains. They have two 
sons, Chris and his new brother Andrew. 

Randy Cutler Maw and Michael are busy. 
In between the activities of Elizabeth and 
Carlyn, Randy is teaching at N.Y.U. 

Evie Day Butler is busy with her three sons, 
Geoffrey, Lee, and Willie, and active with the 
Jr. League. Heading the Child Advocacy Com- 
mittee, she and Geoff have been busy with an 
addition to the house. 

Vi Gravure Patek and Mark and their three 
daughters, Sarah, Shelia, and Emily, enjoy the 
large lake near their home year round: 
skating, swimming and sailing. Vi is teaching 
French part time and is able to see Ruth 
Schmidt Igoe frequently. 

Sally Greene Ansell and Sam love the life in 
Mobile, where Sally is teaching seventh grade. 

Gail Harrison Gregson reports that she, Ed- 
ward, their two daughters, two dogs, and 
many horses are all alive and well in Santa 
Monica! 

Holly Hemphill Cramerus and Pieter are in 
Berlin. Holly has bought a new horse and is 
working on her German almost as busily as 
her riding. 

Peggy Henning Minnick stays busy with her 
daughter Linden but saves time for paddle 
tennis and Jr. League. 

Sheila Mahoney has been appointed assis- 
tant to the deans of the School of Medicine 
and Dentistry at the U. of Rochester, where 
she had been academic counselor in the 
Career Services and Placement Center. Sheila 
has done graduate work at Stanford U. and 
Middlebury College. 

Anne Mercer Kornegay and Barney love 
Baton Rouge, where his CPA practice con- 
tinues to grow. Anne is busy with her chair- 
manship of the La. Statewide Health Co- 
ordinating Council and Jr. League and reports 
that Bitsy (7) is in the full swing of reading and 
preparing for SBC; Bryan (5) is building and 
fishing, and Blair (2) is anxious to ride the 
school bus. 

Randi Miles Long and Herb have moved to 
New Brunswick, Canada, for a few years' stint 
with Irving Oil. They miss the Bay area, but 
have found a colonial home to rent in the 
quaint village of Rothesay. 

Susie Moseley Helm would like more of us 
coming her way in Louisville. Her son Pen 
loves school and collecting, and Teddy loves 
nursery school and life in general. Susie is 
doing volunteer and church work and taking 
piano lessons. Nelson practices law and is in- 
volved in many neighborhood activities. 

Kathy Mockett and John are in N.Y. and 
have two daughters, Alyson and Amanda. 
Kathy has been doing consulting work in data 
processing and has taken up playing squash. 

Jody Moore Griffin and Chuck are in Sao 
Paulo, Brazil, where he is Operations 
Manager for Kodak. They particularly enjoy 
the interesting people of all nationalities. Jody 
is teaching in one of the two American 
schools, where their two children. Chess and 
Carter, attend. The only problems: learning 
Portuguese and coping with the traffic in a 
city of 12 million! 

Wick Nalle Rowland and Robert, an at- 



torney, have been re-doing their house in 
Houston. Wick has been teaching for eleven 
years and still enjoys it. 

Susan Page Ronald, who has just finished a 
term as SB Bulb Chairman for Austin, TX, 
has been elected President of the Jr. League of 
Austin. 

Andrea Pearson Pennington and Al are 
really enjoying their growing law practice. The 
1855 Creole Cottage they bought and have 
been slowly fixing up was on the Historic 
Homes Tour. 

Laura Penick Felt and daughters Elizabeth 
and Emily were in Virginia Beach while Bob 
was the metorologist stationed aboard the 
carrier John F. Kennedy. Laura stayed busy 
with Wives Club activities and working with 
stained glass. 

Diana Rediker Slaughter enjoyed the SBC 
trip to Greece a year ago and has been busy 
with many civic activities, including serving on 
the Advisory Board of Alabama State Welfare 
Agency. 

Joanna Sabalauskas Lehane. who is Senior 
Counsel for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Ad- 
ministration and Ass't Attorney General of 
Maryland, has been working on getting her 
L.L.M. in tax law at Georgetown, where she 
got herJ.D. in '69. 

Sandy Street Hamrick, after a year of prow- 
ling libraries and archives in France, is busy 
writing and teaching French at St. Louis U. 
and St. Louis Community College. Sandy has 
just become editor of an all-French language 
publication. La Vie. which is used by French 
students across the U.S. 

Sachiko Takemura Kunijuki spent several 
years after graduation traveling in America 
and Southeast Aisa. She was married in '74 
and had twin boys, Yukio and Kenneth, in 
'76. They are enjoying living in Tanzania but 
look forward to returning to Washington in a 
year. 

Sally Thomas Hoffman works as a research 
aide at the Nuclear Physics Lab at U. of 
Washington and teaches an occasional math 
class at the community college, but she most 
enjoys returning home in the evening to the 
peace of their country home. 

Wing Todd Sigler writes that all is well, 
with the usual myriad of daily chores, no ex- 
citing news, but a warm hello for everyone. 

Shelley Turner is still working in London 
and spends time with her family, who have 
moved to Cornwall. We have talked on the 
phone, but not yet gotten together for a good 
visit. 

Ann Ward Stern will be busy with her new 
son and helping with bulbs in the Indianapolis 
Club. I'm not certain how this affects her 
jockey career. 

Muriel Wikswo Lambert, Ph.D., has joined 
the faculty of the New Jersey Medical School, 
together with her husband Clark. Both are 
members of the Dept. of Pathology, actively 
involved in research on the biochemistry and 
enzyomology of DNA with special reference to 
changes in cancer. Muriel is in charge of an 
N.I.H. funded program studying DNA en- 
donucleases. 

Judy Wilson Grant, when not entertaining 
her daughter Margaret (2) with quotes from 
Hamlet, valiantly strives to keep her garden 
green under the Colorado sun. I should like to 
swap her some of our English rain for some 
sun! Judy has also been putting in time at the 
Denver Botanic Gardens and with the Sym- 
phony Guild. 

Mary (Rab) Witts Finlay and Kirk and 
their children, Kirkman and Gwanthmey, are 



still happy in Columbia, where Kirk is on the 
City Council. Rab is involved in more research 
and administration each year, but still enjoys 
teaching. 

I look forward to any visitors (I'm getting to 
be quite a tour guide) and lots of notes in 
December. 



1970 



Secretary 

Page Kjelhtrom Slease (Mrs. Clyde H., Ill), 
906 Amberson Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232 
Fund Agents 

Joanne Hicks Robblee (Mrs. Paul A., Jr.), 
567-C Connors Loop, U. S. Military Aca- 
demy, West Point. N.Y 10996 
Virginia Ranney, 103 Willow St., Brooklyn 
Heights. NY 11201 
Marriages 

Dayna Kinnard to Mowahid Hussain Shah 
Laura Sickman to Michael Baksa 
Wallis Wickham to Richard H. Burhoe 
Margaret Manson to Elliot Entis 
Frances O'Connor to John Morgan 
Daisy Quarm to John Paul Fitts 
Mary Jane Hipp to Charles L. Brock 
Births 

Christopher Robert to Susan Elkins Major 
Elizabeth Winter to Emmy Moravec Holt 
Justin Hampton to Susan Hampton VerNooy 
Stephanie Campbell to Sally Campbell Carroll 
William Louis to Cathy Louis Lovell 
Sara Elizabeth to Betty Rau Schewel 
Emily Warren to Debbie Warren Rommel 
Sarah to Barbara LaLance Kelly 
Daughter to Margaretta Bredin Brokaw 
Robert Terry to Jane Lewis Seaks 
Andrew Blythin to Phyllis Blythin Ward 
Henry to Molly Woltz Carrison 
Leigh Erin to Diane Council! Sweeney 
Tara Ann to Lalita Shenoy Waterman 
Ann Hart to Emily Gooch Crenshaw 

Daisy Quarm Fitts received her Ph.D. in 
sociology at U. of Michigan and will begin 
teaching at U. of Cincinnati while her hus- 
band is economics teacher at Carnegie- 
Mellon. She visited Maggie Cooper Tyner, 
her two children, and her shop with the clever 
name of "Magpie" in Clarksdale, MS. 
Margaret Sharp Howell is office manager at 
American Cellophane in Denver and teaches 
some Italian, while Bill works with the Na- 
tional Park Service in historic preservation. 
Besides hiking and skiing, they are fixing up 
an 1890 house they bought. Cathy Louis Lovell 
reports from Atlanta that her two sons now 
seem to take most of her time. Sarah Becker 
is a policy analyst for the World Bank and 
hopes to go on a photo safari this year. Kristin 
Herzog has a new job in Dow Jones' pro- 
motional dept. on Wall St. Jo Prevost is a VP 
with Chemical Bank and is about to leave 
for Hong Kong to help set up a merchant 
bank. 

Barbara LaLance Kelly takes care of 
Sara while Terry is still Assistant U.S. 
Attorney in Loudonville. NY. Lucy Lombardi 
moved to Denver and is a sales rep for the 
Brown Palace Hotel. She sees Lorie Harris 
Amass and in May saw Debbie Warren 
Rommel in Houston. Jane Lewis Seaks will 
be taking leave from teaching next year to be 
with their new son. Kathy Potterfield is 
still a staff physical therapist in Charleston 
and takes graduate courses and scuba lessons 
in her free time. This fall Ruth Stokes will 



begin Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine. 
Sarah Shirley is assistant Attorney General 
in Austin, TX. Barbara Brewster Miller 
is administrative manager of the Lousiville 
Children's Theater. Katie Harris will return 
to Columbia U. this fall as one of 10 Bagehot 
fellows to study economics and financial 
reporting. Kathy Pinner is technical director 
at Rutgers School of Arts and free lances for 
New Jersey Public TV. 

Cindy Cocke Hill's card got rained on be- 
fore it got to me and I think she reports she 
is busy with her children and the Harlingen. 
TX, Junior Service League. They visited 
Colorado at Christmas and San Francisco 
in July. 

Margie Alsop is in Kentucky working on 
her masters and hopes to become a legal 
interpreter for the deaf. 

I have to report only that the following 
moved: Suzy Yates Smith to Adelphi, MD; 
Virginia Ranney to New York; Mary Pat 
Cogan Rankin to a new house in Richmond, 
VA; Margaret Manson Entis to Chevy Chase, 
MD; Laura Sickman Baksa to Cape Cod; 
Elizabeth Britton to Mechanicsville, VA; 
Phyllis Blythin Ward to Anchorage, KY; 
Diane Callison to Placerville, CA; and Frances 
O'Connor Morgan to Atlanta. Wallis Wick- 
ham lives in Chestnut Hill. MA, and is a 
guidance counselor with Brookline Public 
Schools, while husband Dick Burhoe is 
headmaster of Brimmer and May School. Kim 
Mitchell Bethea and David moved to Middle- 
bury, VT. Kim finished her M.A. and teaches 
seniors at Mount Abraham. David is assistant 
prof of Russian at Middlebury College and 
will be resident director of their Moscow 
program 1979-80 in the USSR. New Bern, 
NC, is now the home of Bobbie Bell McCotter, 
who teaches math part-time and assists 
John in his CPA practice. Susan Hampton 
VerNooy and Stan are house hunting in 
Santa Clara or San Jose, CA, as Stan has a 
new job with Intel. 

Baird Hunter now resides in Silver Spring, 
MD, while working on her foreign language 
education doctorate at the U. of Maryland. 
Louise Hayman still enjoys working for the 
Maryland Historical Trust in Annapolis. 
Happy Watts Clinard takes care of her 7-yr- 
old son while working for W & L and enjoys 
the peaceful mountain life of Lexington. She 
reports that Jarrett Dudley Henderson is 
a paralegal for a Richmond, VA, firm. Betty 
Rau Schewel is taking a leave from her other 
involvements in Lynchburg since two children 
are keeping her busy enough. 

Heather Tully Click usually has a new 
address at each writing and now it's Idaho 
Falls. She hopes this will be more permanent 
since Richard has left the Navy to work for 
Westinghouse. She works in the hospital's 
critical care unit as a licensed practical nurse 
and will study for her RN this fall. Fran Grif- 
fith Laserson is taking tennis lessons, is active 
in the Junior League and will teach a cooking 
course for them this fall. She and Steve hope 
to move into a co-op in the near future. She 
has seen Pat Swinney Kaufman in New York. 

Sally Taylor's humor has not died — she says 
she is "an often frantic magazine and book 
publisher in the land of fruits and nuts." She 
covers two of her favorite things, food and 
wine, and says there's enough graft and cor- 
ruption to get large free samples. San Fran- 
cisco allows for all types of extremes of 
insanity — she does not own a hot tub! 

Frances Dornette purchased a condo- 



minium in DC and is at the IRS as a tax law 
specialist in the Estate and Gift Tax branch. 
She saw Sandy Hamilton Bentley last spring. 
Sandy and Bob have said farewell to Scotland 
and are in Downington, PA — a 3'/t month 
move because of a dock strike. In her spare 
time, Margaretta Bredin Brokaw rides a lot 
and has printed some of her pen and ink 
drawings. Lydia Starnes Roberts got a BS in 
computer science at Rutgers and then bought 
a house in Miami. She is an analyst with 
Esso Inter-America while David teaches 
finance and economics at U. of Miami. 

Lalita Shenoy Waterman is a quite success- 
ful attorney working on the largest aviation 
case in history concerning an Air India 747 
disaster. She has traveled around the world 
collecting data. She also has a new house in 
Sacramento where her husband is an attorney 
for a large defense firm. Sally Campbell 
Carroll sings with a local choral group in 
Cape Elizabeth. ME, and hopes to start a 
freelance publication business. Tracy Savage, 
who will begin W&L Law School in the fall, 
was due for a visit in August. She also re- 
ports that Elizabeth Wilson is setting NYC on 
fire. 

Dayna Kinnard Shah was married in an 
elaborate ceremony in Pakistan to the son 
of the former Indonesian Ambassador. Her 
honeymoon was in a place overlooking Kash- 
mir and the Himalayas. Since her husband 
is an attorney and diplomat with the D.C. 
Pakistan Embassy, she is continuing her job 
at GAO. Susan Lykes Mueller will be moving 
this summer to Tampa, where John will 
practice law. She is working for a Tallahassee 
newspaper 'til then. 

Linda Edgerton Goslen has moved to 
Durham, NC, Kathy Kraemer Quayle to 
Spring, TX, and Joanne Hicks Robblee to 
Fayetteville, NC. Wallis Wickham. May 
Humphreys Fox, Connie Haskell, Tricia 
Hodge Parks, Jessica Holzer LaPierre, 
Schuyler Gott Herbert, Put Mundy Ebinger. 
and Katie McCardell Webb attended Mary 
Jane Hipp Brock's wedding in NYC. Mary 
Jane hopes to begin an Italian import busi- 
ness. Gin Ranney is in community develop- 
ment for Chase Manhattan NYC. 

Lee Giannakis Minaidis enjoys living on 
Rhodes and meeting all kinds of visitors, 
the most recent being the cast of a new movie, 
Escape to Athens. She says Telly Savalas' 
golf is better than his acting! She and her hus- 
band, Vasso, travel often when he is not 
managing two hotels. Lee is also very active 
in the Children's Theater. 

Put Mundy Ebinger is still working on her 
Ph.D. in between part-time jobs. She had 
an exciting trip to Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, 
and India as Charley was working on a nu- 
clear energy study for his consulting firm. 
Emmy Moravec Holt and Bill, a gastro- 
enterologist (try that one!), have settled in 
Greenville, SC. She and several others are 
trying to establish an SBC club there. Johanna 
Yaple Zeltner is doing research on a patent 
for the first vaccine against bacterial pneu- 
monia and studying, slowly she says, for her 
MBA. They bought a house in Westfield 
where Ray is assistant county prosecutor. 
Susanne Elkins Major and family have moved 
to Harrisburg, PA, where James is a resident 
in general surgery. 

Susan Holbrook Daly and Skip have just 
discovered they are to leave Ohio in December 
for Edwards AFB, CA, in the Mojave Desert, 
where he will be in Test Pilot School. She 
has been teaching classes for the Diet Work- 



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shop and taking care of her two girls. Kathy 
Barnes Hendricks must be the Julia Child 
of Atlanta. She went to France and London 
for three weeks to take cooking classes and 
is working on a book — about cuisine I assume. 
She saw Molly Woltz Carrison and Becky 
Mitchell Keister in Roaring Gap this summer. 
Corbin Kendig is working for Baxter Labs 
and lives in Chicago. Frances Gravely Frank- 
stone got her masters in Instructional Design/ 
Educational Media and is Director of Audio 
Visuals for a department of UNC. David is 
a law partner and they are moving a 1910 
Victorian house to another lot in the historical 
district of Chapel Hill and will restore it. 

May Humphreys Fox and Charlie vaca- 
tioned in Mexico and the Yucatan this spring 
and will have a trip to the Adirondacks this 
summer. They attended Mary Jane Hipp's 
wedding in New York, as did Lorie Harris 
Amass. 1 saw Lorie on my spring trip to 
Palm Beach and Defray. She looked marvel- 
ous and she and Bill hope to move into their 
new townhouse in Denver this summer. They 
continue to spend time at Vail, too, and come 
East when Martin Marietta sends Bill to 
Cape Canaveral. I also talked to Bonnie 
Palmer McCloskey while down South and she 
was preparing to leave for a European skiing 
trip. Joan Hennessey Wright has visited her 
and she also said that Betty McKee Werlinich 
and husband were now working for Chase 
Manhattan in Japan. I was also in Houston 
and talked to Carey Cleveland who is enjoying 
being an attorney for Vinson Elkins. She 
saw Ann Gateley in June. Ann is in intern- 
ship in internal medicine at U. of Kansas. 
Liz Smith landed in Pittsburgh on business 
in January and came for a visit. She seems 
to like her job at the SEC and touches base 
with SBCers on her travels. Adelaide John- 
ston Skoglund called in May and was going 
to be nearby racing their horses. We weren't 
able to get together, but she was enjoying 
her life in sunny Miami and cold Minnesota. 
Diane Council! Sweeney and Mike are moving 
to Gaithersburg, MD, in August as Mike has 
a new job with IBM. 

I work for the Pittsburgh Blind Assn. and 
have joined a garden club to learn about these 
unknown floral specimens up north — I am 
used to magnolias and box bushes! Yes, the 
snow does melt long enough up here and 
I will finally be able to plant some SBC 
bulbs. We have a tiny country house in 
Ligonier where we spend most of the summer, 
and I get in lots of tennis in between cleaning, 
organizing and furnishing houses, and driving 
in between. The next month will bring lots 
of visitors, and I am also studying to take 
the real estate exam. Thanks to all the 
faithful writers and Happy 30th Birthday 
to everyone as it seems to be that year. 



1974 



Secretary 

Liz Thomas Camp, (Mrs. Jack, Jr.), Handy 

Crossroads, Route #1, Box 990. Newnan, GA 

30263 

Fund Agent 

Phyllis Beck, One E. Scott St.. Apt. 1806, 

Chicago. IL 60610 

I want to make three brief comments before 
you begin reading the annual class news. First, 

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because of administrative difficulties, there 
will not be as much news as usual. The College 
is switching duplicating systems and it may be 
that some of you did not receive a card from 
me in time. Don't worry! If you have any juicy 
news, we can print an interim newsletter, or 
we can cover your story in the Winter '79 issue 
of the Magazine. 

Second, REUNION TIME is just around 
the corner. It will be Easter before we know it, 
and then May is upon us. I have been getting 
calls from all my '73 friends who have said 
their reunion cannot be beat. I think they are 
wrong; so start calling your friends and 
making plans to be rolling to SBC on May 18. 

Finally, if you do not find your news printed 
below, it is because you sent in an unsigned 
card. Please take an extra second to sign your 
full name: given, maiden, and married. Thank 
you. 

Marriages 

Elizabeth Andrews to Robert Watts. Sept. 3. 

1977. 

Elisabeth Burton to Stephen Douglas Rooney, 

of Vancouver, July 29, 1978. 

Wanda June Cronic to Gregory Dess, Sept. 

1977. 

Debbie Hart to Daniel M. Eiseile of Paulding, 

OH, May 19, 1978. 

Sandra Herring to Ed Bloomberg. June 11, 

1978. 

Nancy Robins Lea to James P. Houghton of 

Albuquerque, NM. Oct. 22. 1977. 

Virginia Nolte to Dean Rude, 1976. 

Gabrielle Urbanowicz to Marvin J. Wehl, Jr.. 

May. 27, 1978. 

Cheryl Willits to Brian H. Booth, Nov. 20, 

1976. 

Births 

Nelson, to Christy Austin Cannon and Henry. 
Charles James, IV, "Chad" to Ellen Bass 
Brady and Chuck. Feb. 15, 1978. 
Jennifer Lee to Cathy Bonis Pearson and 
Mille. 

Andrew Peter to Marcia Brandenburg Mar- 
tinson and Terry. May 16, 1978. 
Christopher Bryce to Bianca (Bonnie) Chro- 
nowski Dixon and Dick. Aug. 16. 1978. 
Brian Cassatt to Cynthia Hardy McCabe and 
David, May 31, 1978. 

Chase Neill to Virginia Nolte Rude and Dean. 
Christopher Ross to Drea Peacock Bender and 
Mark, June 13, 1978. 

Caroline Whitney to Jennifer Smith Hanes 
and Tom, Oct. 1977. 

Claire Rachel to Cindy Sorenson Sutherland 
and Dwight. 

VIRGINIA: 

Julie Cooper is a support investigator for the 
VA Dept. of Welfare in the Lynchburg and 
surrounding area. She has been modeling and 
has traveled to New Orleans, Myrtle Beach, 
and the New England States. Sherrie Snead 
McLeRoy and her husband Bill published a 
book this year entitled Passages — A History 
of Amherst Co. They are working on another 
one about the free Negro population in 
Amherst prior to the Civil War. She is still 
Director of the Amherst Co. Historical 
Museum and has had reunions with Alethea 
Lee and Jane Piper in NYC and Kristin 
Amylon at a convention in Charleston. SC. 

Cynthia Hardy McCabe is employed in the 
education division (audit section) of Arthur 
Young & Co., international accounting firm, 
in Reston, VA.; David is in the mortgages and 
real estate section of the Virginia National 



Bank. Sandy and Eleanor Magruder Harris 
were expecting their first child in September. 
They live in Richmond where Sandy works for 
a brokerage firm. 

Lee Wilkinson Warren writes, "In June we 
had a very meaningful happening. Ruthie 
Willingham Lentz and Jay came up from Ten- 
nessee to be the godmother and presiding 
minister at my son Cam's baptism. We had 
waited as long as we did to have the ceremony 
so Jay could be the one to baptize Cam." She 
recently saw Susan Sluhbs Brown and Mike 
who came from Atlanta to buy one of their 
golden retriever puppies. 

In May '78, Karin Lawson graduated from 
Johns Hopkins U. School of Advanced Inter- 
national Studies and worked as a research 
assistant for the World Bank. D.C. This fall 
she began law school at U.Va. in the inter- 
national field. Elizabeth Andrews Watts and 
Bobby had a trip to Las Vegas to visit Jane 
Hutcherson Frierson and Allen. Elizabeth 
lives in Roanoke where Bobby has a new 
position; she is job hunting. 

Ellen Bass Brady and Chuck formed the 
Brady Investment Corp. and opened "The 
Unsinkable Sup Shop" in Norfolk, serving 
subs and pizza. She is still at Virginia Na- 
tional Bank and Chuck is selling insurance 
and "investing." 

Fondie Mangum Sanderson is assistant to 
the division manager of a private firm in Nor- 
folk. She is also working on a part-time basis 
as a hostess and cocktail waitress at the Jolly 
Ox Restaurant. Debbie Griffin Tanner is a 
school psychologist in the City Schools in 
Norfolk, where her husband Allen is a prac- 
ticing attorney. 

After leaving SBC, Cathy Robertson trans- 
ferred to William and Mary, where she 
received her A.B. in government in '74 and an 
M.Ed, in counseling in '75. She entered law 
school at the U. of Richmond and expects to 
receive her J.D. in December. She is especially 
interested in mental health law and has done 
work for the Virginia Attorney General's Of- 
fice and the Developmental Disabilities 
Protection and Advocacy Office. 

In Lynchburg, Nancy Blackwell has become 
a partner in the Design Group, continuing her 
work in advertising art. 

Since receiving her master's in speech path- 
ology at U.Va., Linda Hogle has been a speech 
pathologist in the Louisa County Schools, 
driving a "mobile unit" (carpeted, air- 
conditioned bus) to seven schools to hold 
therapy sessions. She spent a month in the 
British Isles and the Alps last summer. 

WASHINGTON, DC, AREA: 

Kathy Kavanagh has recently moved to 
D.C. where she is organizing fund raising 
projects at the Madeira School. Elaine Mills, 
who has been employed by the Anthropology 
Dept. of the Museum of Natural History for 
four years, was recently featured in an article 
in the Washington Star as head of a 
Smithsonian project to organize the papers 
and recordings of Dr. John P. Harrington, a 
noted anthropologist/linguist. BB Wheelock 
is still working downtown for a law firm. She 
recently saw Martha Holland '72, Ann Smith 
and Hannah Pillsbury. 

Linda Kemp is working as portfolio man- 
ager in a Washington bank. She just passed 
the first of three parts of the Chartered Finan- 
cial Analyst Program, based in Charlottesville. 
For fun, she has been taking golf lessons. 
Marilynn Marshall Livingston and Bill are 
busy working on their house in Falls Church. 



They hope to come to Reunion. 

Nancy Mortenson and Sharon Mangus are 
roommates — Nancy is completing her legal 
assistant requirements at Geo. Wash. U. and 
has recently been promoted to Legislative 
Aide in the office of U.S. Rep. Wydler. She 
will be handling his committees (Science and 
Technology and Govt. Operations) for him. 
She visited with Checka Robbin Delle, Betsy 
Roberts, and Linda Kemp. Terry Lear has 
received her Master's in education from Geo. 
Wash. U. 

Edie McRee Whiteman finished her 
museum internship at the National Collection 
of Fine Arts in April and will receive her M.A. 
this fall after taking her comprehensive 
exams. She will continue her position with the 
E.P.A. while searching for career possibilities 
in a government/arts position. Mac is an 
agent for N.Y. Life Insurance Co. and has 
started work on an M.B.A. They had a trip to 
Martha's Vineyard in August. 

Mary Killorin is assistant to the Manager of 
Regulatory Services at 3M Co. in DC. Her job 
entails going to hearings on Capitol Hill and 
meetings at various government agencies. Her 
boss is the nephew of Anne Gary Pannell 
Taylor. This fall she is traveling to Ireland. 
Debbie Hooker Sauers and Lemon are in 
Silver Spring, MD, and Debbie is working 
toward certification in special ed. at U. of Md. 
She teaches mentally retarded children in 
Montgomery County; Lemon has taken over 
sales responsibilities of the educational 
market for Motorola, throughout Virginia and 
Maryland. 

Debbie Camalier had a cross-country trip 
this summer to California by the southern 
route, then to Oregon, Washington, and 
British Columbia and back to D.C. She stop- 
ped in Dalton, GA, to see Susan Hanger Mc- 
Cormick. 
NEW YORK: 

Alethea Lee is working at Westchester Ex- 
ceptional Children's School teaching children 
who have severe learning disabilities. In her 
spare time she runs, swims, dances and does 
yoga. Pam Cogghill is a bond trader on Wall 
St. with Mabon, Nugent and Co. Cary Thorp 
Brown and Tracy have moved to NYC where 
he starts Columbia's M.A. program in 
English. Andria Francis is a Program As- 
sociate at Professional Examination Service, 
in charge of developing certification ex- 
aminations for various professional organiza- 
tions. "1 completed the teenage birth control 
project with the Population Institute — the 
results of which were aired on the . Phil 
Donahue Show this spring." 

In Manlius, NY, are Betsy Biggar Hellmuth 
and Ted, who is a regional salesman for an 
Ohio Co. that manufactures hydraulic parts. 
Betsy finds herself busy being mother to their 
little girl Katie, who is l'/j. 

Tricia Barnett Greenburg and Phil are in 
Buffalo for two years while he does a Fellow- 
ship in Surgical Oncology (cancer). "Anyone 
who is in the area please call me, as there is no 
SBC Club!" Mary Lee Burch Weil is teaching 
high school French at Port Byron, NY, and 
continuing with a Master's Program at NYU 
in the summer. They have moved to Auburn, 
NY. 

EAST: 

Robin Christian Ryan is in the Interna- 
tional Division at Philadelphia National Bank. 
She co-managed a joint PNB-Wharton 
Business School two-month advanced 
management program for 27 foreign bankers. 



which required lots of coordination. In August 
she became administrative assistant for the 
Bank's European Group. 

In Boston are Jesse Stewart and Mary Ann 
Reese. Jesse works as a purchasing coor- 
dinator at W. R. Grace & Co. and is getting an 
M.B.A. from Boston U. at night. Mary Ann is 
a P. V. V. A. technician at Mass. General 
Hospital. She teaches a medical terminology 
course for Johnson and Wales College in her 
spare time. 

Connie Terhune studied economics, ac- 
counting and French at the American College 
in Paris this past year. Presently she is ap- 
plying for a position in Eastham, MA, as a tax 
and property assessor. Moi Fulton has a new 
position in Vermont, after completing her 
paralegal training. 

Sally Brice (Lt. JG, U.S. Coast Guard) is 
Exec. Officer. Coast Guard Station, New Lon- 
don, CT. "My primary responsibilities include 
search and rescue and oil spill clean-ups and 
investigation. I am the only woman at the 
station, which has approximately 72 personnel 
assigned." 

Kirk Coleman Lammerding and John live in 
Freehold, NJ, where he has his veterinary 
practice and she assists him in surgery. She 
continues her riding with the Monmouth 
County Hunt. Marsha Phillips, in Murray 
Hill, NJ, continues to work for C. F. Braun & 
Co., engineers. In May she received a pro- 
motion to scheduler and became the Com- 
puter Coordinator of the Scheduling Group. 
She writes that she sees CeCe Kirby and that 
Winton Smoot Holladay and Hap are expec- 
ting their first child in Nov. '78. 

Donna Callery. in New Brunswick, NJ, 
received her MS in Speech Pathology from 
Rutgers and is working part-time in Princeton 
Nursing Home providing speech therapy for 
stroke patients. 

Phoebe Fisher transferred from SBC to 
Tufts U., where she completed a B.S. in 
pyschology. After working two years, she 
enrolled in the Cornell U.-New York Hospital 
School of Nursing two-year, post-college 
program and completed the B.S. in nursing 
this May. She now seeks experience that will 
lead to certification as a nurse practitioner. 
She is also a long-distance runner, having par- 
ticipated in four 26-mile marathons, including 
the NYC Marathon. She saw Georgie Vairo 
'72 in a road race in Central Park last sum- 
mer. 

In Summit, NJ, Bonnie Chronowski Dixon 
retired from the business world a year ago 
last August but has stayed busy with a new 
son, new house, Jr. League, duties as secre- 
tary for the SBC NYC Alumnae Club, and 
the increasing demands of running husband 
Dick's repping business from their home. 

SOUTH: 

After an exciting year teaching mathe- 
matics at SBC ("The current students are 
terrific!"), Sandra Herring married Ed 
Bloomberg on the deck of the Boathouse, 
overlooking the SB Lake on a gorgeous 
June day. During the summer she taught at 
the Va. Governor's School at Randolph- 
Macon, while Ed taught summer school at 
U.Va. This fall she is studying computer 
science at UNC-Chapel Hill and living in the 
Research Triangle Park, NC. 

In NC are Betsy Roberts, Sandy Taylor 
and Virginia Cline. Betsy received her grad- 
uate business degree from Thunderbird, 
Pheonix, AZ, and is working as a financial 
analyst in the International Division of First 
Union National Bank in Charlotte. At the 



same bank is Sandy, who is an Opportunities 
Coordinator. Virginia writes that she grad- 
uated from the U. of Tenn. in '74 and com- 
pleted a paralegal program at Mercer U. in 
Atlanta. She is presently working for the 
N.C. Dept. of Justice in the office of Attorney 
General, Raleigh. 

Drea Peacock Bender, Jennifer Smith 
Hanes, Lou Weston Rainey and Colleen 
Shannon Robertson are in South Carolina. 
Drea moved twice last year, to NYC and now 
to Columbia, where Mark has a new position 
with Nexsen. Pivet, Jacobs, and Pollard. 
Drea was Assistant Manager of Marketing 
of Rimmel Cosmetics, Division of ITT. 
She has had reunions over the past year with 
Maureen Hynes, Cindy Conroy, Sarah 
Clement '75, Cathy Bonis Pearson, Nancy 
Wilson Tucker '75. Jennifer is also in Colum- 
bia, where Tom is a 2nd-yr. law student at 
the U. of SC. In Clemson are Lou and Rip 
where he attends Clemson U., getting an 
M.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering. 
Colleen is Activities Coordinator for the 
Florence Crittenton Home for Unwed 
Mothers; her husband has a family law 
practice in Mt. Pleasant, near Charleston. 
"Hope anyone coming to Charleston for the 
Spoleto Arts Festival will look us up!" 

In Georgia are Ellie Plowden and Liz 
Thomas Camp. Ellie writes: "I continue to 
assist Dr. Stelson, Georgia Tech's VP for 
Research, as a public relations coordinator. 
I help to direct the never-ending flow of 
visitor's to Tech's extensive research facilities, 
edit research publications, and aid in plan- 
ning up-coming scientific conferences. At- 
lanta will host the International Solar 
Energy Congress, May 28, 1979, and Tech 
will play a major role." Liz began law school 
in Atlanta this fall, but her most fun SBC 
event was a barbeque given in honor of our 
newest member of the medical profession, 
Mary Witt. Among the guests were: Ginny 
Sutton, Mary, Ellie Plowden, Andrea Niles 
'73, Kathryn Bingham Glover '66, Melissa 
Sanders Thomas '67, and Mary Anne Cal- 
houn Farmer '66. Mary Bush Burris is vice 
president of a local Atlanta radio station; 
her husband Woody is an insurance agent 
in the Atlanta area. 

Wendy White has begun law school at 
the U. of Miami, FL, this fall. 

Cheryl Viar Upchurch and Sam have 
moved to Birmingham. AL, where Sam 
practices law. Shannon is 16 mos. old. and 
they are expecting a second child in October. 

Still working in the management training 
program at the Bank of Mobile, that little 
leprechaun, Pam Reynolds, spent 16 fun- 
filled days in Ireland where she enjoyed 
her favorite hobby — pub-hopping. "Sept. 
'77 brought a new adventure to my life. I 
learned to scuba dive. It's great fun collect- 
ing shells and trying to identify all the various 
fish. Should be fun to see everyone again 
next year at the reunion. I guess I'll have 
to make sure my insurance is up to date be- 
fore I get on the Piedmont grasshopper." 

After clerking for Judge John D. Snodgrass 
in Huntsville, Gabrielle Urbanowicz Wehl 
is an attorney with the Legal Society of 
Mobile County, AL; her husband, Marv, is a 
member of the law firm of Tyson, Fulmer, 
Tyson and Wehl. Mobile. Gabrielle and 
Marv met while both were attending the U. 
of Ala. law school. 

Ruthie Willingham Lentz and Jay have 
had a busy summer traveling to Philadelphia. 
Emerald Isle, NC, Pawley's Island, SC, and 

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finally to Memphis, where Jay is Rector of 
St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Ruthie is busy 
settling into their new house, a mere two 
blocks from St. Paul's. 

Nancy Hardt Winter writes, "Bill and I 
are beginning our second year of residency 
at the U. of Ky. This is my OB year — most 
of the time to be spent in prenatal clinics, 
doing deliveries, C-sections. . .We bought a 
house in Lexington and we managed to re- 
paint the interior. I'm working on a clinical 
research project using a new drug to stop 
premature labor." Also in Lexington, Colleen 
Dee Butterick passed her real estate exam; 
Merle is also a realtor. 

Marion Van Horn Eagan quit her job in 
a clothing store in New Orleans to take a short 
vacation in Florida before making prepara- 
tions for the birth of her second child in 
August. She reported that Ann Priichett 
Van Horn and Woodie have returned to 
New Orleans after his internship in Roanoke, 
and Ann is again a paralegal with the law 
firm she worked for before moving to Virginia. 
MIDWEST: 

Christine Weiss is employed by Cleveland 
Metroparks as a naturalist at the Rocky River 
Trailside Interpretive Center; Cathy Weiss 
is an educational interpreter with the Colum- 
bus, OH, Zoo, since receiving her M.S. from 
Ohio State U. in Environmental Biology. 
Sarah Johnston Knoblauch and Michael 
have moved to a colonial home in Cleveland 
Heights, and this will be her third year of 
teaching Montessori School. They took a hik- 
ing trip on the Appalachian Trail in March. 

Debbie Hart Eiseile is working as a lab 
technician at Phelps Dodge Magnet Wire 
Co., in Ft. Wayne, IN. She is attending Indi- 
ana U., working toward a B.A. in education 
and an M.A. in deaf education. 

Kathy Telfer underwent serious oral surgery 
during this past year and worked part-time as 
a psychiatric attendant at the Ann Arbor, 
MI, Mental Hospital; now, she is applying for 
another master's program to the Graduate 
School of Social Work. U. of Mich. 

Laurie Epstein was a bridesmaid in the 
weddings of Gabrielle Urbanowicz and 
Wanda Cronic, in between her trips to Vail, 
the Hawaiian Isles, and Seattle. At Vail 
she met former President Ford and family 
on the slopes. Karen Fennell is an investment 
portfolio manager at the Northern Trust 
Co., Chicago. She spends most weekends 
showing her horse and also traveled to Colo- 
rado this year. Also in Chicago are Joan Buck- 
ley, a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines, 
and Phyllis Becker, who sells commercial 
television time for seven Metromedia Tele- 
vision stations. Phyllis hoped to see Katie 
Amundson when she went to California in 
October. 

Cindy Sorenson Sutherland and Dwight 
live in Kansas City, where he is in the practice 
of law. Ann Stuart McKie is their baby girl 
Claire's godmother, and she visited for the 
christening in July. 

Jane Piper writes, "Had a wonderful time in 
Africa on safari. . .the animals are fascinating 
but you still have to keep your distance. The 
Baboon warning cry is WAHOO. I felt like 
I was back at U.VA." This year Jane has 
seen Nancy Nields and Alison Irwin. Jane 
has been promoted to executive assistant 
of St. Louis Chapter A. I. A. 

Following a two-month trip to Europe and 
her graduation in May from U.VA. medical 
school, Mary Witt has begun her pediatric 
residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. 

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She writes, "What can I say about an intern- 
ship? It's hard work and my body, mind and 
spirit are rebelling against getting no sleep 
every third night!" 

After training in Medical Records Adminis- 
tration at Emory U. in Atlanta, Jere Mundy 
was for two years assistant director of medical 
records at Georgetown U. Hospital in Wash- 
ington. Currently, she lives in St. Louis and 
is director of the Medical Record Dept. of 
St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City, IL. 

Susie Fitzgerald Dahl is administering the 
U.S. Jaycees Foundation's million dollar 
campaign; Ty is in his third year of law school 
at U. of Tulsa. Also in Tulsa is Cheryl Wil- 
lits Booth, where she is a Learning Disabilities 
Specialist and where Brian is a junior partner 
in an independent insurance agency. They are 
busy remodeling the 50-year-old home they 
have moved into. 

SOUTHWEST: 

In Houston, Meredith Thompson is a sales 
associate for John Daugherty Realtors. She 
is active in the American Heart Association 
drive, the SBC Bulb drive, the Houston Sym- 
phony, the Houston Girls' Cotillion Club, 
Le Grand Fromage, and the English Speak- 
ing Union. This summer she went on a cruise 
to the Bahamas with Jo Ellen Lenair '76. 
Dana Daniel Otero and Rick are also in 
Houston, following his graduation from 
Southwestern Medical School. He is doing 
an internship at the Texas Medical Center. 

Ann Stuart McKie is a sales assistant at 
Neiman Marcus' downtown store in Dallas. 
Her extensive travels in '77 and '78 were to: 
Massachusetts, DC, Norfolk. Winston-Salem, 
Paris and Tours (her French sister's wedding), 
Santa Fe, Albuquerque (for skiing), L.A., 
Kansas City. She also had visits with Missy 
Hubbard and Betsy Redwine Garner on her 
trip East. Paula Hollingsworth, also in Dallas, 
is still a legal assistant with Akin, Gump, 
Strauss, Hauer and Feld. She was chairwoman 
for the Texans in Virginia Party for students 
departing for college in the Old Dominion. 

Barbara Moore is working as a psychologist 
at the Counseling Center at Texas Christian 
U., Ft. Worth, TX. 

Cheryl Battin McKinley and husband Craig 
have lived in San Antonio for a year. Cheryl 
enjoys her job as an interior designer, and 
Craig is a captain in the U.S. Air Force. 

Living in Albuquerque are Nancy Lea 
Houghton and Barbara Ashton Shiller. 
Hoot and Nancy's Danville, VA, wedding 
provided a great occasion for a Boxwood 
'74 reunion attended by: Paula Hollingsworth. 
Ann Pritchett Van Horn, Liz Thomas Camp, 
Edie McRee Whiteman, Emory Furniss Max- 
well, Robin Christian Ryan, Ruthie Willing- 
ham Lentz, Barb Ashton Schiller, and Ellie 
Plowden. Nancy says, "Enjoyed a great season 
of skiing — both downhill and cross-country. 
I am happy to report that all that jogging paid 
off — I placed third in the women's division 
of a 6.2 mile cross country ski race." Hoot 
is an attorney with Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, 
Harris & Sisk. In August Barb spent two 
weeks with her mother visiting her British 
kinfolk in England. She also enjoyed a sojourn 
in Alabama with her family in Jan. '78. 
WEST: 

Wanda Cronic Dess and Greg are in Seattle 
where he has begun a Ph.D. in Business 
Administration at the U. of Wash. He is also 
an instructor at their business school and 
teaches graduate level courses at night for 
the U. of Puget Sound. Wanda is working 



on the grants and budgets program at the 
U. of Wash. School of Nursing and is also 
busy with decorating their new condominium. 

Ann S. Benkendorff has moved from 
Kansas City, where she was working at 
Macy's. She is now a buyer in Denver and 
was in NYC in March. 

Following her graduation from Emory Law 
School, Ellen McMillan is an advocate for 
the Los Angeles County Bar Association's 
Mental Health Advocacy Project. "Most 
of my work involves advising patients at the 
Metropolitan State Hospital on their legal 
problems and representing them in rights' 
violations cases." Julie Shuer is an occupa- 
tional therapist in the rehabilitation of the 
physically disabled; she published a paper 
on this topic in the June issue of Mental 
Retardation. She frequently sees Lisa Fowler 
'73. 

Jan Renne Kile is in Fresno where Bill 
has recently bought a dental practice in 
Clovis, a suburb. She works at his office and 
has recently returned from a Hawaiian holi- 
day. Blaine Converse is in Beverly Hills as 
a social secretary to an actress, while at the 
same time going for interviews and auditions 
at various studios. She recently returned from 
a month's vacation in Britain and hopes that 
some future job possibilities in film produc- 
tion will be the result of her visit. Following 
three years of social work, Anne Florow has 
moved to Sausalito to "take a change from 
Texas." She will attend professional cooking 
school in San Francisco. 

Jeannie Manning Schmidley passed the 
California Bar and is working at the Bank 
of America's Corporate Headquarters Legal 
Dept.'s corporate advice section; James is a 
second year neurology resident at the U. of 
Cal. medical center. 
OFF THE MAINLAND: 

Still in Paris, Vicki Bates Roy writes that 
she and Daniel are hoping to move to the 
U.S. this fall. In July she visited her mother 
at SBC and looked for contacts for Daniel 
in biomedical engineering and computer 
science. Vicki has recently become a member 
of the Parisian Ornithological Association. 

Beth Burton Rooney and Stephen are 
living in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, a 
suburb of Vancouver, following their two- 
week honeymoon in August to Cozumel and 
Cancun, Mexico. Beth has been showing and 
eventing this past year and won the Longreen 
Horse Trials in Germantown, TN, on her 
mare. Foxfire. 

Christine Cummings Bass has opened her 
own real estate firm in Anchorage, AK. 
Laurene Sherlock still maintains her status 
as a travel agent but is living in England this 
year, training for art business at an art aca- 
demy. 

Alletta Bredin regrets that she will not be 
able to attend Reunion. She expects to be 
living in South Australia with new husband 
Neill James Bell of Brisbane. Queensland. 



1978 



Secretary 

Betsy Wood, 2204 Evergreen Road, An- 
chorage, KY 40223 
Fund Agent 

Ann Key, 6367 Ellenwood, St. Louis, MO 
63105 



Marriages 

Beth Cone to David G. Crumpler. July 1, 1978. 

Deb Davison to Douglas M. Weidner. June 24. 

1978. 

Suse Hudson to Rav B. Fitzgerald. Jr.. June 4. 

1978. 

Susan Negaard to Mark E. Mendel. June 10. 

1978. 

Frances Taylor to William J. Perkert. June 3. 

1978. 

Engagements 

Mickie Gupton to Hank McKelway 
Kathy Jackson to Harold R. Howe 
Debra Littleton to Ted Watson 
Mo Moffett to Wade Haislip 
Julie Pfautz to Mark Bodenstab 
Carrie Ruda to Jack Clark 

Births 

James Edward. Jr. to Ginger Castle and James 
E. Bickley. 

Joan Bogert has spent the summer in 
Philadelphia attending the Paralegal In- 
stitute, specializing in Estates and Trusts. Af- 
ter completing the course in late August, she 
hopes to be placed in a law firm in New York 
City. 

Annette Bruce graduated in May from the 
U. of Richmond where she majored in history. 
This fall she will be attending the Atlanta 
Paralegal School. 

Lee Carollo spent the summer interviewing 
for a teaching job and working as a medical 
secretary-receptionist. She'll be going to 
Claremont Graduate School, near L.A., this 
fall, in order to complete a Master's degree in 
Education. The program consists of night 
classes in addition to actual teaching; so Lee 
has accepted a position at Pomona Catholic 
High School teaching chemistry and physical 
science. 

Cathy Cleland decided to take the summer 
off and plans to look this fall for a job in 
teaching or journalism, ". . . . as soon as I get 
around to writing my resume . . ."! 

Susan Cleveland graduated from Emory U. 
last May and decided to celebrate the event by 
spending August and September back- 
packing in Europe! When she returns she 
plans to continue her job-hunting efforts in 
Atlanta or Washington, DC. 

Suzanne Collins has a psychological testing 
job with the U.Va. Hospital's clinics and 
moved to Charlottesville in September, 
(someone who does testing in the field of 
psychology) in Columbia and Charlottesville. 
VA. Caroline graduated from Emory last 
December and worked in Charlottesville until 
last May in a child care center. She is presen- 
tly taking a well deserved vacation before she 
begins Law School at the U. of South Carolina 
this fall. 

Nanette Cooper spent eight weeks in Mid- 
dlesbury. VT. doing graduate studies in Fren- 
ch this summer and will be in Paris during the 
'78-'79 academic year completing her M.A. 
She would like to encourage any SBC-ers who 
might "happen to be passing through" Paris 
to come see her at 32 rue Godot de Mauroy. 
Paris 75009. 

Alden Corrigan is working at Sulton Place, 
Inc. (in California) with throughbred show 
horses and has been at shows in San Diego 
and Santa Barbara. She is presently looking 
for a permanent position with an airline and 
hopes to take some graduate courses in the 
near future. 

Becky Dane has hit the big time and is 
presently the Executive Coordinator of the 



PBS network show "Congressional Outlook"! 
In other words, she chooses the issue to be 
discussed, researches it, arranges filming on 
the Hill. etc. She'd also like to add that she's 
still madly in love with Chevy Chase (and plot- 
ting to marry him!) and is trying to start a 
Gilda Radner Fan Club. She'd also like to 
remind all '78ers that there are only 1,643 
shopping days (?) left until our 5th 
Reunion — so start making plans to be there! 

Lucy Darby spent six weeks in Florence, 
Italy, studying Italian Frescoes and Conver- 
sation Italian on the Sarah Lawrence Summer 
Program. After three weeks of traveling in 
Greece, she'll be returning home to do some 
serious job hunting! 

Liz Day is working this summer as a camp 
counselor for four 10-year-old girls at Camp 
Alleghany in West Virginia. She plans to be 
living with Maria Rixey and Betsy Ryan in 
Alexandria this fall while looking for a job on 
Capital Hill. 

Allison Egbert graduated from Denison U. 
as an English-Writing Major. During June, 
she traveled in Europe and is presently look- 
ing for a job in the areas of television and ad- 
vertising. 

Suse Hudson Fitzgerald is working in Char- 
lottesville with Hudson Insurance Agency (to 
become a full partner in January!) while Rusty 
is working for Prudential Insurance. "Nothing 
like a little competition between husband and 
wife!" They've bought a small house in 
Charlottesville and have been working on it in 
their "spare" time. A delayed honeymoon to 
Hawaii has been scheduled for October, and 
they both hope to be going to business school 
in the near future. 

Cecil Garcia-Tunon has been slaving away 
at Adams & McClure Travel in Georgetown 
since the day after graduation and is loving 
every minute of it! She plans to share an 
apartment with Sue Griste, who is presently 
job-hunting in the D.C. area, sometime this 
fall. 

Gayle Gorman and Michelle Tarride will 
both be attending the U. of Texas at Austin 
this fall to begin working toward a Masters 
degree in Music — Gayle will specialize in 
"Literature and Pedagogy"; Michelle, in 
"Vocal Pedagogy." 

Dudie Hiemenz loved her two years at the 
U. of Missouri and is working this summer at 
Donovan Industrial Supply Corp. in St. Louis 
while interviewing with several newspapers to 
do layout work. 

Susie Heitmiller, Dorothy Lear and Ellen 
Quinn are all working at the Northern 
Virginia Training Center for the Mentally 
Retarded as Developmental Aides. Susie is 
sharing a townhouse in Alexandria with Ann 
Maricle, who has been working for Senator 
Danforth since August, and Dorothy and 
Ellen are living with Barbara Behrens (who is 
looking for a job in advertising) in Fairfax. 
Lookout Washington! 

Eve Jackson is still working on her Alabama 
teacher's certificate and hopes to be working 
as a teacher's aide this fall in the Mountain 
Brook School System. She recently heard from 
Julie Johnston Crowley who is now happily 
married to Steve Crowley and living in 
Longview, TX. 

Kathy Jackson. Cannie Crysler and Mary 
Page spent five weeks after graduation 
traveling together from the Netherlands to 
Greece with Galvin Gentry '76 and had a mar- 
velous time! Kathy is presently trying to 
prepare for September 9, when she'll be 
marrying Root, who will be a third year 



medical student at Bowman-Gray in Winston- 
Salem, NC. They've gotten a garage apart- 
ment, which just happens to have a small gar- 
den area-just the right spot for SBC tulips! 
Cannie is in Philadelphia and hopes to work 
for one of the many superb museums in the 
city. Lynn Spilman will also be in Philadelphia 
attending Paralegal School this fall. 

Mary began her job with the creative divi- 
sion of the Van Sant-Dougdale Advertising 
Agency August 7 and will be living in 
Baltimore. To all of those who graduated with 
us in May, she'd like to pass along con- 
gratulations and thanks to the Class of 1978 
from Mr. Richards, who commends us for our 
cooperation and help in making com- 
mencement so successful this year — a job well 
done! 

Meredith John has been named one of the 
32 Rhodes Scholars from the United States 
and will begin two years of study at Oxford U. 
this fall. She graduated this May from the U. 
of Texas at Austin with a major in chemistry. 

Robin Jones has spent the summer cooking 
(?!). hiking, and "eating" at Nature Camp in 
Vesuvius. VA, while looking forward to 
teaching 4th grade this fall in a small country 
school in Rockbridge County. She'll be living 
in Lexington. She adds that Deb Davison 
Weidner's wedding was a blast and that Deb 
and Doug are living outside Philadelphia. 

Sue King has been taking it easy this sum- 
mer, resting up for her three-month stint 
studying Litigation at the Philadelphia 
Paralegal School this fall. 

Jane Lauderdale has enrolled in the Georgia 
State U. MBA program and is working harder 
than ever. However, she reports that all is not 
work — it seems the Atlanta crew from SBC 
and W & L get together regularly to break the 
monotony! 

Debra Littleton will be married on Decem- 
ber 2, 1978. to Ted Watson, a builder, and will 
live in San Antonio, TX. Despite her degree in 
Broadcast News from the University of Texas 
at Austin, she has gotten a real estate license 
and hopes to begin working soon. 

Lu Litton is working for the Department of 
the Interior. National Park Service, as a Park 
Technician at Cape Hatteras National 
Seashore. As a part of the "Interpretive" 
Division, which offers programs to park 
visitors, she is involved in programs such as 
"Snorkeling," "Introduction to Surfing." 
"Birdwalks," "Fishing with a Ranger," etc. 

Cindy McKay is living at home and very 
much enjoys her job in the Actuarial Services 
Department of Blue Cross of Ohio. 

Caroline McKissick graduated from Emory 
last December and worked in Charlottesville 
until last May in a child care center. She 
began law school at the U. of S.C. this fall. 

Liz Maynard will be moving in late August 
into a studio apartment on the East side of 
Manhattan, which she hopes to share with a 
high school friend. She plans to enter a retail 
buying program at a major department store 
in New York City. 

Cathy Mellow spent the summer as a tennis 
pro at a St. Louis racket club teaching 
children 8-14. This fall, it's off to Paralegal 
school in St. Louis for a 9-month program, 
with a trip in January to Egypt (sponsored by 
the SBC Alumnae Assoc.) as incentive. 

Donna Mihalik is living in New York City 
and just loves her job with Classic magazine 
(the Town & Country of horse magazines). 

Mo Moffett will begin her teaching career 
August 21. when she takes charge of the 6th 
and 7th grades at Verona Elementary. In the 



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meantime she's working on her future home 
and planning for October 14! 

Susan Negaard Mendel and Mark have 
been in Lubbock. TX. since they were married 
June 10. Susan is working in a hospital and 
Mark is working in construction until they 
both enter school at Texas Tech. in Sep- 
tember. Mark will be starting Law School and 
Susan will be working towards a master's 
degree in Immunology while teaching Fresh- 
man Bio-Labs. 

Ieke Osinga participated in a three-week 
training program in a yogurt manufacturing 
plant in Holland after graduation, and from 
there, traveled around Europe with her 
brother and sister. She plans to start a yogurt 
business at SBC Dairy by September 1 and 
hopes to supply stores and other colleges in 
the area. 

Julie Pfautz has been holding down two 
part-time jobs and will continue to do so until 
October. After they are married, she and 
Mark will live in Ginton, IA. for about a year. 
Mark is working for Pullman-Kellogg. a firm 
based in Houston, as an engineer. 

Missy Powell and Janet Rakoczy are back at 
Sweet Briar working in Admissions and 
working hard — they just couldn't stay away! 

Leigh Ramsay began working at U.S. News 
and World Report as an editorial assistant for 
the News Department in June, and she will be 
moving into a cute apartment in Alexandria 
with yours truly September 1 ! 

Katie Renaud has been taking classes at the 
U. of Michigan this summer to complete 
requirements for her teaching certificate. In 
August she'll be heading out to either Austin 
or Dallas where she'll share an apartment with 
Mavis Ray and Joan Lightfoot '77 and hopes 
to find a teaching position. 

Anne Riordan enjoyed a two-week French 
cooking class with Mme. Kuony at the 
Postilion in Fond du Lac, WI. and is prepar- 
ing to leave August 25 for her first year of Law 
School at Gonzaga U. in Spokane. WA. 



Maria Rixey is working in Washington. DC. 
for the James W. Rouse & Co., Inc., a mort- 
gage banking firm. 

Carrie Ruda is working in D.C. for Chicago 
Title Insurance Co.. doing "pre-settlement" 
work, and loves it! On July 1, she was in Beth 
Cone Crumpler's wedding, which, she reports, 
was just beautiful! Also attending were Liz 
Perkinson, Pam Jefferson, Lynde Cote '77 and 
the Gilpatricks. Between weddings (Jack's 
sister was married in June), Carrie's been busy 
planning her own and is presently moving 
Jack down to their apartment in Lexington, 
where he'll be a second-year law student at W 
&L. 

Anne Simonds graduated from the U. of 
Texas at Austin in May with a degree in Social 
Work. She'll be getting married Aug. 4 and 
moving to Dallas. TX, where she hopes to get 
a job in her field. 

Cassandra Smith is living with her grand- 
parents in Oakton, VA, outside of D.C. and is 
presently working at Bloomingdales. She 
hopes to move into an apartment by Sep- 
tember. 

Julia Sutherland took a "jaunt" around 
"Virginie" after graduation and saw Nan- 
cyellen Keane in Charlottesville when she took 
her LSAT's in July. They are planning to move 
to Richmond, where they'll share an apart- 
ment, at the end of August. Between trips to 
Richmond with Nancyellen and to D.C. to visit 
Susie and Ann, she's been working as a re- 
search assistant in her father's law office. 

Katherine Taylor is living in Winston- 
Salem. NC. where she is in a management 
training program with Wachovia Bank and 

Trust Co. 

Frances Taylor Perkert graduated from the 
U. of Richmond in May with a degree in 
History and Classical Civ. She and Bill are 
living in D.C. where he'll be a 4th year med 
student at Georgetown. 

Ann Thrash has been home this summer 
relaxing — which is fortunate, since she'll be 
starting Paralegal School this fall in Atlanta! 



Lisa Wray is the head counselor at Camp 
Seafarer in North Carolina, where she'll be 
until the end of August. In the fall she hopes 
to move to New York City. 

Ann Yauger has been working in a doctor's 
office this summer and plans to attend the 
Atlanta Paralegal School this fall. She also 
reports that Claire Cartwright is about to 
finish at the U. of Texas and will be moving to 
San Antonio in the fall, and Libby Freeman is 
job hunting in Atlanta after completing a 
degree in Computer Science at the U. of 
Georgia. 

Michelle Youree has spent the summer lear- 
ning about brokerage houses at E. F. Hutton 
& Company in D.C. and will decide this fall 
whether to pursue brokerage as a career. 

And finally. I, Betsy Wood, am at the end of 
my eleven-week Corporate Law Course at the 
Paralegal Institute in Philadelphia — paralegal 
school does seem to be "in" this season! I've 
been working very hard, which is very 
atypical of me! — and have thoroughly en- 
joyed getting a taste of corporate law. I've 
enjoyed living in Philadelphia and adore the 
family I've been living with. Instead of going 
for U. of Pa. housing, I chose to live with a 
family in "Historic" Philadelphia, where I 
serve as a mother's helper in my "spare" time! 
After a four-day visit to Sweet Briar at the end 
of August for Molly Reeb's '73 wedding, I'll be 
moving to Alexandria, VA, where I'll be 
sharing an apartment with Leigh Ramsay. 
And I hope by the time you all read this I'll be 
working in the corporate division of a law firm 
in the District! 

A million thanks to the people who helped 
me gather news and to those who responded to 
the post card. I think I voice the sentiment of 
most of us when I s;iy that although I don't 
especially miss school work per se (because 
I'm still doing it!). 1 do miss all of you who 
made Sweet Briar such a special place for me. 
Good luck to each of you, and don't wait 'til 
next August to write again! 




Looking For A Camera? 

During Commencement Day 1978. someone 
left an expensive camera atop a student car 
parked in Meta Glass lot. Unfortunately, 
whoever left it there also left the leather case 
open so that some of the ensuing hour or so 
of rainfall may have damaged the camera. The 
owner can claim the property by sending a 
description of it (together with money for 
postage) to the Alumnae Association Office. 
Sweet Briar, VA 24595. Mark it to the atten- 
tion of Lori Hatfield '79, who found the 
camera and has been trying since May to 
locate its owner. 



Alumnae 
Notices 



Briarites at Sweet Briar 

On the payroll at Sweet Briar for 1978-79 

are the following SBC alumnae, according to 

the President's office: 
In aphabetical order: 

Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57, Director of Ad- 
mission 

Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47, Editor, 
Alumnae Magazine 

Nancy E. Church '77, Admission Counselor 

Martha Mansfield Clement '48. Director of 
Research. Office of Development 

Julia Sadler de Coligny '34. Director of Estate 
Planning 



Lisa Wood Franklin '63. Assistant to the 
President 

Margaret Jordan Harvey '73, Assistant 
Director of Career Planning 

Carter Hunter Hopkins '68, Director of 
Career Planning 

Sandra Stella Horwege '74, Assistant in Art 
History 

Deborah S. Hubble '77. Admission Counselor 

Julia Mills Jacobsen '45, Coordinator of 
Government Relations 

Jan Pettypool Johnson '74, Acquisitions 
Librarian 

Cynthia M. Kendree '77. Admission Coun- 
selor 

Aileen Laing '57. Associate Professor of Art 
History 

Helen Smith Lewis '54, Assistant in Office 
of Public Information and Publications 

Carol D. Newman '71, Instructor in Music 

Priscilla S. Powell '78. Admission Counselor 

Janet M. Rakoczy '78, Admission Counselor 

Ann Morrison Reams '42, Director of the 
Alumnae Association 

Byrd Stone '56, Associate Professor of Edu- 
cation 

Elizabeth Bond Wood '34. Vice President for 
Development and College Relations 



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Recent Deaths 

Miss Julia Cleland AC April 27, 1978 

Mrs. John R. Milligan (Carina Eaglesfield) AC 

September 12. 1978 
Mrs. Walter Reed (Nell Dearborn) AC July 31. 

1978 
Mrs. Lynne B. Greene (Susan Wilson) AC 

February 1978 
Miss Dorothy C. Harrison '18 May 15, 1978 
Nadine Blair '19 (no date of death) 
Mrs. Martha S. Coates (Martha Stevenson '20) 

August 30. 1978 
Mrs. Tarlton Parsons (Elinor Flournoy '22) 

September 1, 1978 
Mrs. B. St. George Tucker (Gwendolyn 

Harris '27) May 21. 1978 
Miss Julia Pollard '27 September 7, 1978 
Mrs. John Franklin Ross (Evelyn Bye '29) 

July 22, 1978 
Mrs. Martha Lee Poston (Martha Lee '30) 

August 22. 1978 
Mrs. Oscar A. Mockridge. Jr. (Georgie Wilson 

'30) August 26. 1978 
Mrs. Robert Charles. Jr. (Dorothy Boyle '3D 

May 1978 
Mrs. Ralph Peters (Phoebe Rowe '3D Septem- 
ber 30. 1978 
Mrs. Strother Simpson (Cordelia Cunning- 
ham '32 (no date of death) 
Mrs. C. A. Palmer (Geraldine Snedden '38) 

May 25. 1978 
Mrs. Allan Adams Campbell (Thirza Trant 

'45) Spring 1978 



Phoebe Rowe Peters 
1910-1978 

Sweet Briar alumnae, especially those of 
the Class of 1931 and the Executive Boards 
from 1956 to 1964. will always remember 
Phoebe with a sense of joy. Her gaiety, her 
personal charm, her sense of delight in 
people and places endeared her to all. 

To her beloved college. Phoebe gave fully 
of her devotion, her energy and her means. 
Beginning with her position as president of 
her class in her senior year, she worked for 
Sweet Briar every year of her life. Time and 
time again she was the local bulb chairman, 
the alumnae representative on admissions 
and the club president. On the national level, 
she was a member of the Executive Board of 
the Alumnae Association, serving as vice- 
president and then president, and was a 
member of the College's Board of Overseers. 
In 1972. on Founders Day. she received the 
Alumnae Award for outstanding voluntary 
service to the College. 

Alumnae who make outstanding contri- 
butions to the civic, cultural and educational 
life of a community bring distinction to 
Sweet Briar. This. Phoebe Rowe Peters. Class 
of 1931, did in full measure, and Sweet Briar 
is grateful for her life. 



Rebecca Marion Carroll 

Many alumnae will be saddened to learn 
of the death of Rebecca Carroll on Wednes- 
day, September 13 in Lynchburg, Virginia. 
Miss Carroll went to work in the Treasurer's 
Office at Sweet Briar in October 1943 "just 
to fill in" for a few weeks, and stayed until 
she retired in June 1974. She and Mabel 
Chipley shared a house on Old Stage Road 
and were good friends to many generations 
of students. We extend our sympathy to 
Miss Chipley on the death of her good friend. 



Old Antiques? 

We're not really being redundant. The Library 
has asked up to pass on to you the following 
request: Please look around for back issues 
of the magazine Antiques and if you can do 
without any of the numbers listed below, 
please send them to Miss Aileen Laing. 
Chairman, Department of Art History. Sweet 
Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA 24595. The 
art historians are especially keen on obtain- 
ing the listed numbers starting with Volumi 
68. 

Vol. 25 nos. 1-6 Jan. -June 1934 
Vol. 26 nos. 1-6 July-Dec. 1934 
Vol.27 nos. l-4,6Jan.-Apr..Junel935 
Vol. 28 nos. 1-6 July-Dec. 1935 
Vol. 29 nos. 1-5 Jan. -May 1936 
Vol. 30 nos. 1-4 July-Oct. 1936 
Vol.31 nos. 4, 6 Apr.. June 1937 
Vol. 32 nos. 1, 3. 5-6 July. Sept.. Nov-Dec. 

1937 
Vol. 33 nos. 1. 3, 5-6 Jan.. Mar., May-June 

1938 
Vol. 34 nos. 2-5 August-Nov. 1 938 
Vol. 35 nos. 2-6 Feb.-June 1939 
Vol. 36 nos. 1-6 July-Dec. 1939 
Vol. 37 nos. 1-4. 6 Jan. -Apr.. June 1940 
Vol.38 nos. 3. 6 Sept.. Dec. 1940 
Vol. 39 nos. 3-4. 6 Mar.-Apr.. June 1941 
Vol. 40 nos. 1-4, 6 July-Oct.. Dec. 1941 
Vol. 41 nos. 1-2. 5-6 Jan. -Feb.. May-June 

1942 
Vol.42 nos. 2, 5 Aug., Nov. 1942 
Vol. 43 nos. 1-3, 5-6 Jan. -Mar.. May-June 

1943 
Vol. 44 nos. 1-4 July-Oct. 1943 
Vol. 45 nos. 1-4. 6 Jan. -Apr.. June 1944 
Vol . 46 nos. 1 -5 July-Nov. 1 944 
Vol. 47 nos. 1-6 Jan.-June 1945 
Vol. 48 nos. 1-6 July-Dec. 1945 
Vol. 49 nos. 1-3. 5 Jan. -Mar., June 1946 
Vol. 50 nos. 1-6 July-Dec. 1946 
Vol. 51 nos. 2-3, 5-6 Feb. -Mar., May-June 

1947 
Vol. 68 nos. 5-6 Nov.-Dec. 1955 
Vol.69 no. 6 June 1956 
Vol. 70 no. 3 Sept. 1956 
Vol. 100 no. 5 Nov. 1971 
Vol. 103 no. 2 Feb. 1973 
Vol. 107 nos. l-2Jan.-Feb. 1975 
Vol. 108 no. 2 Aug. 1975 
Vol. 109 nos. 1-6 Jan.-June 1976 
Vol. 110 nos. 1-6 July-Dec. 1976 
Vol. 1 1 1 nos. 1-6 Jan.-June 1977 
Vol. 112 nos. 1-6 July- Dec. 1977 
Vol. 113 nos. l-4Jan.-Apr. 1978 



Candidate For The Board 

The Executive Board of the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Association submits the name of 
Catherine Cox Reynolds '49 to the members 
of the Association as a candidate for election 
to the Board of Overseers. 

Married to Philip Reynolds, they live in 
West Hartford. CT with their three children. 

As a Sweet Briar undergraduate Katie was 
an English major who headed Paint and 
Patches, served on the Inter-dorm Council, 
sang in the choir, worked on the News and 
Briar Patch, and was a member of Tau Phi 
and the English Club. As a graduate she has 
been a Class Fund Agent, and in 1974 she was 
the commencement speaker. 

After graduating from Sweet Briar, Katie 
worked for two years in the personnel depart- 
ment of Sage-Allen, in West Hartford. Fol- 
lowing this she spent two years in the Army 
during the Korean War. running service 
clubs in Japan and Korea. After returning to 
West Hartford in 1953 she became interested 
in local government and this led her to a 
Masters Degree in Public Administration. 

From the time of her marriage in 1957 to 
her decision to run for Town Council in 
1971. Katie Reynolds worked for the Demo- 
cratic party at election times. She joined 
the League of Women Voters and was ap- 
pointed a member of the Charter Revision 
Committee. She was an alternate member of 
the Town Plan and Zoning Commission from 
1967 to 1970. In 1971 she was elected to 
Town Council and in 1973 she was elected 
Mayor of West Hartford. Since 1974 she has 
been a director of the Connecticut Conference 
of Municipalities. Governor Ella Grasso 
appointed her regional government coordina- 
tor in 1977 and in 1978 promoted her to head 
the urban unit in state administration. With 
this appointment she now chairs the state's 
Urban Action Task Force. 

Other names may be added to the ballot 
if they are sent to the Director of the Alumnae 
Association, Sweet Briar, Va.. accompanied 
by fifteen signatures of the members of the 
Association, and written consent of the 
nominees, within two weeks after publication 
of this name as the Executive Board nominee. 
Ballots will be sent to all members of the 
Association, and the elected candidate's name 
will be submitted to the Board of Overseers 
as the nominee from the Alumnae Associa- 
tion. (See page 39.) 



Amaryllis make lovely pets 

Amaryllis lovers resemble cat-lovers. 
They pet their plants, take pictures of them, 
talk to them and talk about them in superla- 
tives. On the other hand, there are a few- 
people who don't like Amaryllis, and that is 
good, for if everybody wanted one. there 
wouldn't be enough to go around. 

Just in case you don't know what they are. 
Amaryllis are indoor-growing flower bulbs 
which produce large, showy, bell-shaped 
blooms within four to six weeks after you 
start them. They arrive pre-potted and all you 
do is give them a little water. Their rate of 
growth is amazing — you can see the change 
from day to day. They come in a variety of 
colors and can be encouraged to bloom from 
the Christmas season to Easter, depending 
upon the time you start them. One bulb will 
produce from four to eight blooms. 



In 1961 the Sweet Briar Club of Washing- 
ton took over the management of the winter 
sale of Amaryllis and Paperwhite Narcissus 
as an additional fund-raising activity. Nan 
Steptoe McKinley '48 was the first National 
Amaryllis Chairman, and she has been fol- 
lowed by Gertrude Robertson Midlen '39. 
Brandon Forrest Rohr '56. Courtney Steven- 
son '67. Gretchen Armstrong Redmond '55, 
Betty Barnes Bird '39. Juliet Young Maclvor 
'65. Sandra Vonetes '75, and Marie Vonetes 
'75. Sales of these bulbs amount to between 
$20,000 and $25,000 a year and eam the 
same commission as spring blooming bulbs. 

Amaryllis and Paperwhites are not only 
fun to have around the house in the dead of 
winter — they make wonderful gifts for shut- 
ins, for someone who likes flowers, for 
patients, clients, customers, for in-laws, 
relatives, friends, and for the person who has 
everything. 

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Annual Fund Report 



Our Report to Alumnae 

1977-78 

I am delighted to report that 1977-78 was 
an excellent year for the Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Fund. Thanks to many of you who increased 
your gifts, the College met the first level of 
our challenge from the National Endowment 
for the Humanities. While gifts from parents 
and friends were included, I hope you share 
my pride in knowing that alumnae support 
played a major role in raising the $393,387 
needed in new and increased gifts. 

A successful year does not just happen but 
is the result of hard work from many people. 
Special recognition should be given to the 
good work of Fund Agents, Boxwood Circle 
and Golden Stairs committee members, and 
Estate Planning Representatives. 

We have reason to be particularly proud 
of our impressive gains in unrestricted annual 
gifts to the College. All of us who care for 
Sweet Briar must know the importance of 



these gifts. They are crucial to the assurance 
of a strong faculty and all the facilities needed 
for an outstanding academic program. 

Because we are so pleased with the perfor- 
mance of our annual fund with its $34,000 
increase, we have listed class totals for un- 
restricted annual giving as well as total gifts 
from each class. The former are the amounts 
each class must exceed to meet our new goal 
of $260,000 for annual giving in 1978-79. 

As we begin a new fund year, let me thank 
you for your past support which has earned 
national recognition for Sweet Briar. Please 
know that again this year your gift will count 
in keeping Sweet Briar strong. 



£^£^ 



(2&<ft&4- 



Sue Jones Cansler '63 

Chairman 

Annual Alumnae Fund 



Alumnae Fund Committee 

1977-78 



Suzanne/ones Cansler '63, Chairman 
Patricia Traugott Rouse '48, Boxwood Circle 

Chairman 
Jean Gillespie Walker '54, Golden Stairs 

Chairman 
Tabb Thornton Farinholt '59, Golden Stairs 

Co-Chairman 
Carolyn Scott Dillon '57, Estate Planning 

Chairman 
Nancy Dowd Burton '46, Alumnae Member, 

Board of Overseers 
Julia Gray Saunders Michaux '39, Alumnae 

Executive Board 
Maud Winborne Leigh Hamlin '58, Alumnae 

Executive Board 
Mary Lee McDonald '65, Alumnae Executive 

Board 
Elizabeth Lee Clay '75, Alumnae Executive 

Board 



Top Ten In Participation 
Unrestricted Annual Giving 



These classes led the rest in participation and gifts. Our hats are off 
to them. 



Class 


Fund Agent 


Percentage 


1910 


Frances Murrell Rickards 


100% 


1912 




100% 


1937 




73% 


1938 


Dorothy Nicholson Tate 


73% 


1942 


Helen Sanford 


73% 


1943 


Muriel Grymes Blumenthal 


73% 


1921 


Edith Durrell Marshall 


72% 


1924 


Jean Grant Taylor 


72% 


1930 


Gladys Wester Horton 


72% 


1928 


Elizabeth Prescott Balch 


71% 


1926 


Marietta Darsie 


70% 


1934 


Betty Suttle Briscoe 
Helen Bean Emery 


70% 


1939 


Janet Thorpe 

Top Ten Class Gifts 
Unrestricted Annual Giving 


70% 


1943 


Muriel Grymes Blumenthal 


$10,165.75 


1939 


Janet Thorpe 


9,985.94 


1952 


Frances Street Smith 


8,669.00 


1935 


Alice McCloskey Schlendorf 


8,429.49 


1931 


Evelyn Mullen 


7,803.48 


1947 


Virginia Barron Summer 


7,466.13 


1946 


Elinor Clement Littleton 


7,390.25 


1938 


Dorothy Nicholson Tate 


7,089.00 


1928 


Elizabeth Prescott Balch 


6,932.33 


1959 


Alice Cary Farmer Brown 


6,841.17 


1933 


Ella/esse Latham 


6,800.27 


1937 




6,210.36 



1978 Club Gifts 

In addition to their individual support. Sweet Briar alumnae provide 
invaluable aid through club gifts. Everyone at the college appreciates 
the hard work these gifts represent. 



Amherst 

Atlanta 

Birmingham 

Boston 

Central Ohio 

Charlotte 

Charlottesville 

Chattanooga 

Cleveland 

Denver 

Fairfield County 

Greensboro 

Long Island 

Louisville 

Lynchburg 

Nashville 

Peninsula of Va. 

Philadelphia 

Pittsburgh 

Richmond 

Roanoke 

Rochester 

Tidewater (Norfolk) 

Washington 

Wilmington 

Solo 



Cleveland 



Endowed Scholarships 



N.E.H. Challenge 
Unrestricted 



$ 1000.00 

2000.00 

1200.00 

1600.00 
20.85 

1000.00 

500.00 

31.35 

1500.00 
350.00 
600.00 

1900.00 
58.73 

1 100.00 
200.00 
350.00 
400.00 

4500.00 
300.00 

3600.00 
225.00 

2545.25 
876.02 

7500.00 

800.00 

474.75 

$34,631.95 



500.00 



New York 



750.00 



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Dallas 

Fairfield County 

Lynchburg 

Northern New Jersey 

Solo 

St. Louis 



Annual Scholarships 



1978 Bulb Sales 



Cleveland 



New York 



Amherst 

Cleveland 

Greensboro 

Houston 

Indianapolis 

Northern New Jersey 

Philadelphia 

Richmond 

Tidewater 

Washington 



N.E.H. Challenge 
Unrestricted 

Friends of Art 



Fairfield 



Dallas 



Chapel Fund 
Memorial Scholarship Fund 



1400.00 
700.00 
400.00 
500.00 
450.00 
700.00 



$ 4,150.00 



500.00 



750.00 



30.00 
30.00 
30.00 
30.00 
50.00 
25.00 
30.00 
30.00 
30.00 
100.00 





$ 385.00 


Friends of the Library 




Amherst 


25.00 


Cleveland 


25.00 


Dallas 


25.00 


Indianapolis 


50.00 


Louisville 


25.00 


Northern New Jersey 


25.00 


Philadelphia 


25.00 


Richmond 


25.00 


San Diego 


50.00 


Tidewater 


25.00 


Washington 


100.00 



$ 400.00 



25.00 



10.00 



Anne Gary Pannell Taylor Scholarship 

Atlanta 20.00 



Seattle 



Meta Glass Faculty Salaries 



325.00 



Anne Gary Pannell Taylor Library Fund 

Charlotte 10.00 

Grand Total $41,206.95 



Orders 



1978 



1977 



Amherst 


65 


1,360.54 


957.45 


Atlanta 


129 


3,551.81 


19,475.30 


Austin 


9 


197.58 


653.25 


Baltimore 


50 


1,536.22 


1,138.33 


Birmingham 


25 


542.00 


795.25 


Boston 


238 


6,757.49 


5,125.58 


California, Southern 


13 


621.59 


1,059.42 


Charlotte 


73 


2,437.80 


2,822.84 


Charlottesville 


25 


866.57 


786.99 


Chicago 


39 


1,308.33 


987.78 


Cincinnati 


55 


1,985.14 


1,956.43 


Cleveland 


66 


2,124.31 


1,661.34 


Columbia, S.C. 


12 


255.83 


474.40 


Dallas 


39 


1,708.08 


1,698.67 


Denver 


26 


815.54 


818.01 


Fairfield County 


221 


6,074.84 


3,115.06 


Greensboro 


46 


3,729.32 


3,928.99 


Indianapolis 


145 


3,437.90 


2,508.25 


Lexington, Ky. 


15 


387.79 





Long Island 


16 


594.47 


100.75 


Louisville 


90 


2,359.48 


3,535.32 


Lynchburg 


64 


2,575.94 


2,437.62 


Minneapolis 


9 


296.46 


783.56 


Nashville 


25 


1,072.71 


665.94 


New York 


21 


576.87 


261.79 


Northern New Jersey 


75 


2,317.53 


2,592.35 


Peninsula of Virginia 


38 


1,202.74 


929.48 


Philadelphia 


238 


7,307.27 


5,581.71 


Pittsburgh 


58 


1,507.71 


797.82 


Princeton 


38 


2,176.06 


888.28 


Richmond 


250 


6,953.77 


6,560.87 


Roanoke 


37 


881.21 


776.38 


Rochester 


88 


2,154.68 


1,747.01 


St. Louis 


110 


2,909.85 


2.196.78 


Seattle 


13 


364.93 


435.19 


Texarkana 


6 


696.59 


601.80 


Tidewater 


59 


1,610.89 


2,666.07 


Toledo 


33 


763.76 


452.26 


Utica 


20 


510.73 


935.78 


Washington 


372 


12,336.68 


10,547.11 


Westchester 


15 


254.88 


224.35 


Wilmington 


29 


891.01 


1,187.20 


Winston-Salem 


30 


715.38 


513.06 


Solos 


93 


3,048.68 


2,705.03 


Alumnae Office 


318 
3,436 


10,573.83 


8,711.86 


Total (spring bulbs) 


$106,352.79 


$108,798.75 


Amaryllis (fall and winter) 




21,454.72 


23.045.34 


GRAND TOTAL 




$127,807.51 


$131,844.09 



Sweet Briar College Total Voluntary Support 



Alumnae Giving For the Last Two Years 

1977-78 1976-77 

$246,348 Annual Unrestricted $212,373 

Alumnae Gifts 

53% Percent Contributing 54% 



TOTAL ALUMNAE GIFTS 1977-78 
TOTAL PARTICIPATION 



$470,188 

55% 



Board of Overseers 

Alumnae 

Parents 

Friends 

Faculty, Staff & Students 

Foundations 

Corporations 

Government Grants 

-Double Credits 

TOTAL 



1976-77 


1977-78 


$ 57,507.97 


$ 127,498.34 


502,176.00 


470,188.06 


356,525.99 


187,532.01 


328,484.19 


141,834.49 


9,052.42 


6.727.26 


173,052.39 


431,034.22 


43,351.00 


47.616.75 


32,671.00 


428,971.00 


-85,233.48 


-157,571.59 


$1,417,587.48 


$1,683,830.54 



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Alumnae Giving By Classes 



Fund Agents 



Class 




1910 


Frances Murrell Rickards 


1911 




1912 




1913 




1914 




1915 


Anne Schutte Nolt 


1916 




1917 


Jane Henderson 


1918 


Margaret McVey 


1919 


Caroline Sharpe Sanders 


1920 




1921 


Edith Durrell Marshall 


1922 




1923 


Helen McMahon 


1924 


Jean Grant Taylor 


1925 




1926 


Marietta Darsie 


1927 


Jeanette Boone 


1928 


Elizabeth Prescoit Balch 


1929 


Sara Ca//isonJamison 


1930 


Gladys Wester Horton 


1931 


Evelyn Mullen 


1932 


Marion Malm Fowler 


1933 


EUaJesse Latham 


1934 


Betty Suttle Briscoe 




Helen Bean Emery 


1935 


Alice MeCloskey Schlendorl 


1936 




1937 




1938 


Dorothy Nicholson Tate 


1939 


Janet Thorpe 


1940 




1941 


Frances Chichester Hull 


1942 


Helen Sanford 


1943 


Muriel Grymes Blumenthal 


1944 


Dorothy Denny Sutton 


1945 


Julia Mills Jacobsen 


1946 


Elinor Clement Littleton 


1947 


Virginia Barron Summer 


1948 


Meon Bower Harrison 


1949 


Sarah Gay Lanford 


1950 


Deborah Freeman Cooper 


1951 


Sally Anderson Blalock 


1952 


Frances Street Smith 


1953 


Jacqueline Lowe Young 


1954 


Joy Parker Eldredge 


1955 


Phyllis Joyner 


1956 


Helen Wolfe Evans 


1957 


Joanne Raines Daniel 


1958 


Lanny Tuller Webster 


1959 


Alice Cary Farmer Brown 


1960 


Tucky McFall Ziebold 


1961 


Margaret Storey Abernathy 




Winifred Storey Davis 


1962 


Alice Allen Smyth 




Barbara Ross Goode 


1963 


Patricia Calkins Wilder 




Lucy Otis Anderson 


1964 


Mary Duer Leach 


1965 


Juliet Young Maclver 


1966 


Martha Madden Swanson 


1967 


Beth Glaser Morchower 


1968 


Pamela Burwell Benton 


1969 


Judith Powell 




Michael Nexen Robertson 


1970 


Joanne Hicks Robblee 




Virginia Ranney 


1971 


Pamolu Oldham 


1972 


Marion Walker 


1973 


Diane Leslie 


1974 


Phyllis Becker 


1975 


Sandra Vonetes 


1976 


Robin Lee Rodger 


1977 


Kathleen Roantree 



Annual 


Total 


Participation 


Unrestricted 


Alumnae 


(Gifts to 


Alumnae 


Gifts 


All Funds) 


$ 1,050.00 


S 20,998.57 


100% 


60.00 


60.00 


100% 


625.00 


650.00 


58% 


285.00 


295.00 


40% 


735.00 


765.00 


67% 


205.00 


230.00 


64% 


1,935.00 


2,945.00 


54% 


1,840.00 


1,950.00 


61% 


1,510.00 


1,510.00 


54% 


492.00 


502.00 


67% 


2,163.76 


2,198.76 


74% 


815.86 


3,065.86 


40% 


1,074.40 


6,204.40 


54% 


1,787.00 


1,797.00 


74% 


980.00 


1.075.00 


59% 


5,007.13 


10,139.87 


75% 


3,377.48 


5,637.48 


57% 


6,932.33 


13,588.89 


72% 


4,508.00 


4,943.00 


70% 


4,090.00 


5,485.00 


76% 


7,803.48 


21,183.79 


68% 


3,858.70 


4,638.70 


69% 


6,800.27 


8.475.27 


68% 


3,659.90 


12,452.94 


74% 


8,429.49 


12,379.49 


68% 


5,637.48 


10.829.96 


67% 


6,210.36 


7,350.36 


76% 


7,089.00 


8,264.00 


77% 


9,985.94 


11,975.94 


71% 


4,731.40 


12.857.54 


65% 


5,685.00 


11.944.83 


67% 


3,259.92 


5,784.24 


78% 


10,165.75 


21,246.99 


76% 


3,620.48 


4,340.48 


64% 


5,049.35 


7,114.35 


63% 


7,390.25 


19,563.25 


67% 


7,466.13 


7,771.13 


65% 


5,622.86 


12,383.26 


64% 


5,256.00 


6,090.56 


59% 


2,980.00 


3,404.99 


56% 


3,040.00 


3,450.00 


57% 


8.669.00 


19,839.90 


61% 


4,993.00 


5,338.00 


60% 


3,730.00 


6,906.19 


50% 


2,233.00 


2,861.33 


53% 


1,956.58 


2,332.65 


49% 


3,641.00 


4,518.88 


54% 


3,016.00 


4,282.50 


54% 


6,841.17 


7,191.17 


64% 


2,944.00 


6,213.09 


48% 


4,661.00 


7,784.52 


53% 


5,195.34 


5,965.34 


48% 


3,441.50 


5,266.50 


58% 


2,815.00 


3,385.00 


56% 


3,918.81 


4,088.81 


49% 


4,043.00 


9,258.00 


49% 


1,986.00 


2,194.49 


47% 


2,106.55 


2,670.05 


47% 


1,978.00 


2,123.00 


39% 


2,469.00 


2,834.00 


48% 


1,838.50 


2,158.50 


42% 


2,520.00 


2,725.00 


39% 


1.592.92 


1.862.92 


38% 


1,289.00 


1,980.00 


38% 


1,744.00 


1,930.00 


39% 


883.00 


1,081.00 


36% 


873.00 


1,562.00 


30% 



38 



ALUMNAE IN THE NEWS 



WINTER ISSUE 



1978-79 



SWEET BRIAR ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 




Nella Gray Barklev *55 of Charleston has 
joined The John C. Crystal Center, Inc., of NY 
as vice president. The Crystal Center offers 
courses in career and life planning to individ- 
uals and institutions in the NY area and 
throughout the USA. Former President of the 
Assoc, of Junior Leagues, Nella currently 
serves on the SC committees of the NEH and 
the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and as 
chairman of the SC Endowment for Educa- 
tional Television. 




Dale Hutter Harris '53 of Lynchburg re- 
ceived the degree of Juris Doctores from the 
University of Virginia this past June. Dale, 
who gave the Opening Convocation address 
at SBC in Sept.. is a member of the College's 
Board of Directors. 



Elizabeth V. Moore '33 of Edenton, NC, 
was awarded the Ruth Coltrane Cannon Cup 
in Raleigh last Dec. The distinguished award 
was made by Thomas Gray, president of the 
Historic Preservation Society in Raleigh. 
Elizabeth then was a guest of honor at the 
Governor's mansion. The Ruth Cannon 
Award is given annually by the Society to the 
person or organization that has made signi- 
ficant achievements in the field of historic 
preservation, restoration or research in North 
Carolina. A Raleigh newspaper writer said 
"Elizabeth Moore has worked for three de- 
cades to discover, to share and to preserve 
the history of Edenton. . .she is recognized as 
the fountainhead of truth about Edenton . . . 
seldom has a town been more blessed." 




Catherine Cox Reynolds '49, former mayor 
of West Hartford, CONN, was appointed by 
Gov. Grasso in March to chair the state's Ur- 
ban Action Task Force, an alliance of state 
commissioners, municipal, labor and business 
representatives "charged with developing 
programs to implement Gov. Grasso's exec, 
order of March 9," concerning the state's 
urban policies. 



Elinor Ward Francis '37 of Haverford, 
PA, was the recipient of the National Recrea- 
tion and Park Association's National Volun- 
tary Service Award this past year. She has also 
won the Voluntary Service Award from the PA 
Recreation and Park Society; she is a con- 
sultant to the Philadelphia Dept. of Recrea- 
tion and President of the National Recreation 
Foundation and a trustee of the NRPA, which 
among other duties, monitors legislative con- 
cerns on Capitol Hill. 




Lucile Barrow Turner '17 of Forest, VA, is 
the subject of a full-page feature written by 
Alicia Glass '69 in the Lynchburg News of 
Feb. 19, 1978. Lynchburg's "acclaimed singer 
and folklore collector attended the Court 
House Bicentennial, where 'Lynchburg,' the 
song she composed for the celebration was 
performed. . . .With a chorus of 'Let me live 
and let me die where the Blue Ridge Moun- 
tains touch the sky, and the River James goes 
rolling by,' the song's metaphors were the 
hit of the weekend. . . ." 



Mary Harris Ludington AC of Pelham 
Manor, NY, was honored in July by the Inter- 
national Garden Club, which maintains the 
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, a National 
Historic Landmark. The new herb garden at 
Bartow-Pell Mansion, the Bronx, is The Mary 
Ludington Herb Garden, planted in recogni- 
tion of her years of service to the Club and her 
interest in horticulture. Mrs. Ludington is the 
mother of Mayde L. Henningsen '48; her son- 
in-law is Victor W. Henningson. Jr., a member 
of Sweet Briar's Board of Directors. 



Elizabeth Perkins Prothro '39 of Wichita 
Falls, TEX, was honored by the Southern 
Methodist University Alumni Association at 
its 1978 Distinguished Alumni Awards Ban- 
quet in March. 



Kathleen Kavanagh '74, formerly associate 
director of SBC's Office of Public Informa- 
tion and Publications, now works in the Office 
of Development at The Madeira School. 



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Two Retirements: 



Librarian For All Seasons 



by Martha von Briesen '31 and Catharine Booker '47 



It takes two of us to write about Lydia. Besides, 
Piglet always advised Pooh, "It's so much more 
friendly with two." 

Catharine: Now that Lydia Newland has retired as Sweet 
Briar's assistant librarian, who in the world will take a 
broom and calmly sweep a blacksnake from the corridor 
of the Mary Helen Cochran Library? Who. for that 
matter, will fix a sudden air-conditioning failure or a 
stuck book-lift in the library? From now on, who will 
blithely enter center stage of the Faculty Show on roller 
skates? Lydia did all those things. 
Martha, who shared Lydia's home at 4 Woodland Road 
for twenty years, knows what she's talking about when 
she says today, "Lydia's colleagues and friends respect 

David Abrams 




A graduate of Skidmore College (A.B.) and of the Library School of 
Columbia University (B.S.), Lydia Newland then worked as catalog- 
ing assistant at Skidmore's library, as library assistant at the Pruyn 
Branch of the Albany, NY, Public Library and as librarian at Dickin- 
son Junior College. For two decades she was a member of Sweet Briar's 
Book Shop Committee. She is a member of the American Library 
Association, the Southeastern and Virginia Library associations. 



her discriminating literary taste and her love for books, 
traits which are in large measure responsible for the 
Sweet Briar library's enviable reputation in academic 
circles. She has good reason to be proud of her contri- 
bution to enhance that reputation." 
Catharine: Like other alumnae, I have many times been 
a guest at 4 Woodland Road and I discovered that Lydia 
not only read shelves of cookbooks, she also cooked 
(fresh cherry pie; no packaged pie-filling for her). One 
evening as Martha and I sat on the sofa in front of the 
picture window overlooking the Blue Ridge, reading 
the Lynchburg paper and taking some strengthening 
medicine, Lydia appeared from the kitchen, wear- 
ing an apron and carrying a potholder and a pair of bi- 
noculars. "Mart! Quick! Come look at the pileated 
woodpecker!" she exclaimed. Lydia and Martha had in 
their yard one of the largest collections of bird feeders 
in Amherst County. 

Even while birdwatching or cooking or traveling, 
Lydia can see. By this we mean that she has the ability 
to see a picture, with her camera at the ready, whether 
she is on a street in Katmandu or on a palm-fringed 
beach on Tahaiti or in the high Andes in Bolivia. In our 
opinion, what the eye sees is more important than what 
the hand holds, be the camera an Instamatic or a Hassel- 
blad. For her spring 1978 journey to Egypt, following 
her retirement, Lydia took her camera, a Fujica. I pre- 
sume that on this mid-East trip with her sister Milla, 
Lydia also collected stamps; the immediate past presi- 
dent of the Lynchburg Stamp Club, Lydia became in- 
terested in the club through Dr. Carol Rice, stamp col- 
lector par excellence. 



How many off-campus alumnae, Martha and I 
wonder, know that Lydia sings? For some years 
she was a mainstay of the choir of Ascension Epis- 
copal Church in Amherst. How many off-campus alum- 
nae know that Lydia is a strong swimmer and a bike 
rider? Years ago — in the 50's and 60's — before bicycles 
became popular as campus vehicles Lydia every day 
pedaled off to work on a bicycle. Our friend sits still 
only when she's reading. Her favorite reading includes 
the New York Times: detective and mystery fiction; 
the novels of Anthony Powell; the New Yorker: the 



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National Geographic and a varied assortment of other 
books and periodicals. 

Martha: Her college major was English literature and 
she is familiar with most of the classics in that field. 
She came to Sweet Briar in 1940 as assistant in our li- 
brary; she worked there for thirty-seven years, serving 
in almost every staff position except that of cataloger 
and seeing and helping the library collection grow from 
about 50,000 catalogued items to its current total of 
nearly 172,000. When library tours became an orienta- 
tion requirement, Lydia taught new students about the 
mysteries of the catalog, the range of reference collection 
and the treasures of the stacks. As reference librarian 
she helped many students locate materials for term 
papers. 

A sabbatical in 1959 enabled her to visit colleges 
north and south to learn methods of cataloging and 
maintaining college archives, which in turn led to her 
establishing and supervising materials in the Fanny B. 
Fletcher Archives Room, located next to the Rare Book 
Room. Because Lydia carefully organized files of photos, 
publications, scrapbooks, clippings, dissertations, 
novels, poems and autograph letters of every sort about 
faculty, alumnae and students, she is today often asked 
by our Alumnae Magazine editors to "run over to the 
Archives and look this up for us." She never fails. Secret- 



ly, we imagine, she might be saying silently, 
be sweeping out a blacksnake." 



Td rather 



Twenty years ago, when planning began for the 
library addition, she worked enthusiastically with 
the architect Russell Bailey to make the Charles A. 
Dana Wing as efficient, practical and inviting as pos- 
sible. From 1958 she was in charge of book purchases; 
her wide knowledge of books and publishers enabled her 
to make the best use of available funds. Many alumnae 
still remember Lydia's handsome book-picture-period- 
ical displays in the library's corridor. Always, when 
alumnae returned to their reunions, they walked the cor- 
ridor because Lydia had arranged special photo ex- 
hibits for the reunion classes. 

During the 1978 alumnae reunion luncheon at Sweet 
Briar, Lydia was a guest at the head table. She heard a 
former student library assistant, Marion Bower Harrison 
'48 of Orange, Virginia, speak with appreciation for the 
help Lydia gave to student library assistants and of the 
hospitality many alumnae found at 4 Woodland Road. 
"I feel truly privileged," said Meon, "to express the 
thanks and admiration of the Alumnae Association 
to my long-time friend." 



Historian For All Arts 



by Aileen H. Laing '57 

What do J.M.W. Turner, Monticello and the Ming 
Dynasty have in common? They have all been 
brought to life by Ruth Firm as she introduced almost 
two decades of Sweet Briar students to the wonder and 
beauty of visual arts. A dedicated teacher and conscien- 
tious scholar, Ruth expanded her interest from Turner 
and nineteenth century English painting to the develop- 
ment of American art which at times was closely assoc- 
iated with the "mother country" and at other times was 
wildly independent. But at Sweet Briar, as we all know, 
faculty and students are expected to be able to do every- 
ting! Ruth clearly was capable of fulfilling this ideal and. 
with the assistance of Fulbright and Ford Foundation 
grants, ably spent several summers studying the art and 
cultures of China, Japan, and India at various institu- 
tions and traveling through the Orient. As a result she 
was able to offer a course on Oriental art enlivened by 
her first-hand and often amusing adventures. 



But as former students and colleagues recall Ruth's 
years at Sweet Briar will be her constancy as 
friend and counselor and her steadfast commitment to 
duty that we remember as well as the quality of her 
teaching. Fortunately for those of us still at Sweet Briar, 
she will not be far away and we can look forward to many 
more years of stimulating conversation and warm wel- 
comes at her Woodland Road home. That is, unless she 
is traveling, seeking a spot not yet visited or returning 
to a favorite haunt from previous excursions. Sweet 
Briar has only formed part of this vivacious and 
many-talented lady's life. At one time a member of the 
British Petroleum Mission in Washington, she also 
served as a Red Cross volunteer in the South Pacific 
Theatre during World War II. Who knows what the 
future holds? Searches for a grand piano and investment 
in camera equipment as well as casual references to 
painting "again" lead one to suspect that retirement 
is purely a formality for Ruth and that she will be busier, 
than ever. 



41 



Ambassadors — At — Large 

by 

Dorothy Woods McLeod '58, 
First vice president and Director of Clubs, Alumnae Association 



There was a time when the aim of a well-educated 
lady was to belong to social clubs of her choosing 
so that she could keep up with her world of friends and 
the gossip that surrounded them. It was a time of lunch- 
eons, tea dances, white gloves, hats and maids. 

Today's educated woman is interested in further ed- 
ucation, business, equal rights and independence, and 
her clubs and organizations must be business-like, 
educational and worthwhile. 

What then should be the role of the Sweet Briar Alum- 
na Club of the 70's and the future? Perhaps from the 
Three R's of our past we should turn to the Three I's 
of the present: namely, Instruct, Involve and Inform. 

Today's SBC Alumna Club must effectively instruct 
or educate alumnae and prospective students about the 
College, how over the years Sweet Briar maintained the 
traditions it was founded on while at the same time it 
met challenges and changes demanded by each genera- 
tion. We must all be ambassadors-at-large who demon- 
strate in our lives how Sweet Briar prepared us for the 
future so we can show prospective students that SBC 
is the place for them. 

The Club must stimulate involvement not only in 
Sweet Briar activities such as raising money for scholar- 
ships but also in community projects. As the Club be- 
comes involved, the alumnae and community must be 
kept informed through newsletters, meetings and ex- 
posure of the Sweet Briar name through the news media. 
As an alumna, you become an ambassador and public 
relations chairman. 




At Sweet Briar, Dorothy McLeod was House President as a 
sophomore, Secretary of the Judicial Committee as a junior and its 
Chairman as a senior. She and her physician husband live in 
Nashville with their two children. 



42 



There is no magic way to carry out the Three I's 
because there is no typical SBC Club, no more 
than there is a typical SBC student. Each Club tries 
to meet the needs of its alumnae. Time, place and fre- 
quency of meetings depend on numbers of alumnae, 
their profesisons and activities. 

Highlighting its year, the New York Club sponsors 
a College benefit. This year-long project culminates 
in reserving a block of seats for an off-Broadway play 
and serving dinner beforehand; or sponsoring a wine- 
tasting party with W & L. Proceeds go to scholarships 
at SBC. Atlanta has sponsored a Living Room Learn- 
ing series for many years. A local person, an expert in 
a certain subject or interest, is invited to speak during 
a four-to-ten week period in an alumna's or a friend's 
home. The charge to the "learners" covers a stipend for 
the teacher and a profit for the Atlanta Club. Their 
program is educational, fun and good public relations 
for the College. 

The Philadelphia Club has recently joined a continu- 
ing education program, Continuum. Because we are not 
founding members, we do not share any profits, but we 
are listed with'cooperating groups and our alumnae 
receive the materials. The Continuum sponsors courses 
for life-long learning, taught by faculty members from 
different colleges and universities at a cost of about $50 
per student. 

Along these same lines, SBC's Traveling Faculty Pro- 
gram sends faculty and staff members to our Gubs in 
many states. Each speaker receives a $50 honorarium 



and expenses. The College pays one-third of this, the 
Alumnae Association pays one-third and the Club pays 
the remaining expenses. This program is ideal for the 
smaller SBC Clubs because it can be sponsored with 
other alumnae-alumni clubs or groups. 

Sweet Briar Day is a joyous occasion celebrated on 
December 28 unless the Club selects another date. This 
is the day when the Three I's are out in full force! A 
current student or a young alumna can instruct; the 
alumnae are involved and the media have been informed. 
If your area has only a few students attending Sweet 
Briar, you can combine forces with other Virginia-college 
students and plan a Sweet Briar- Virginia Day, sponsored 
by the Sweet Briar Club in your city or area. 

Membership in our Alumna Club should be fun and 
worthwhile, as needs are being met: the search for pro- 
spective students, fund-raising for scholarships, and 
continuing education programs. Your Club should also 
be a welcoming organization, particularly in the large 
cities. Starting this year. Alumnae House is sending each 
Club an updated print-out of local alumnae; the list 
will be mailed at least three times a year. When you read 
the new names, please call and welcome the new alumnae 
to your city. Get a jump on the Welcome Wagon and be 
the first to welcome a newcomer. An Alumna Club 
of any size has a lot more to offer than directions to the 
nearest grocery store. 

All our 52 Clubs differ in structure and size. No two 
are alike but they all serve the same purposes and 
that's what keeps the system going. The larger Clubs 
have an advantage not only in membership but also in 
community size and interest. The smaller Clubs must 
remember that it is not the number of alumnae that 
counts but their interest and work. Each is challenged 
in a different way. Some of our best ambassadors come 
from inactive club areas that send four or five students to 
SBC each year. Be inventive. If you can't grow bulbs in 
your area, sell something else. If you want an Admissions 
Counselor to help with recruitment, write the Admission 
Office. If you see a need in your community for a special 
project, start it. Please don't just return the Annual 
Fund envelope and sit back until next year. Be involved 
as a Sweet Briar alumna and be proud of your College. 



43 



The Compleat Cook 

by 
Kathryn Barnes Hendricks '70 



I learned to cook French food during my Junior Year 
Abroad when I took lessons all year long. It's so 
funny to have people ask me if I majored in home eco- 
nomics in college when I tell them I learned to cook in 
college! What really started me off was having grown 
up with fantastic food in our home, none of it particu- 
larly southern (which my mother believed was not so 
nutritious). Later, when working with Atlanta's Cook's 
Corner (a cookshop, cooking school and catering busi- 
ness), I had the opportunity to study with Malvina Kin- 
ard, founder of Cook's Corner, with Florence Lin, 
Guiliano Bugiali and recently in Paris with Simone Beck 
and the Paris Cordon Bleu. 

Last year I started my own business, having quit my 
job with the Atlanta Arts Alliance and with Cook's 
Corner. Not trying to be boastful, I had gained a culinary 
reputation here from loyal students and clients. Be- 
sides, I am a very exacting person who should never work 
for anyone else because they usually don't care about 
things as much as I do. After a good year of business 
I'm happy as a clam. One hint to Sweet Briar: offer 
a short course in elementary business administration. 
I started backwards with the books! (Editor: done) 

I figure my charges for cooking schools on what I 
think is a fair price, and it's quite arbitrary. Usually they 
run around $15 for a two-hour class. I take no more 
than eight people per class, so I don't make much money 
from classes but that's what I enjoy the most. I'm trying 
to decide if I should enlarge my kitchen and if Atlanta 
can bear more expensive classes. I charge for my catering 
by the things ordered; thus, clients can buy something 
inexpensive. I was charging so little for some things that 
my Sloane School brother-in-law pointed out that I was 
making $2 on some orders! Now I'm reviewing my cater- 
ing prices; that aspect of the business is the hardest 
work and sometimes the least rewarding. 

I cook orders for one person or many. One week this 
spring I fed 1 100 people at six different parties during 



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A French major, Kathy Barnes Hendricks '70 writes, "My activities 
at SBC were limited. Nothing particular to be proud of, no academic 
honors but good grades. Nothing jars my memory except being a con- 
tender for Glamour's best-dressed college girl, helping Miss Sprague 
organize and produce Earth Day (the first one there) and being head 
of the pro-Nixon group during the Cambodian invasion." 



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four days; one of them was for Mrs. Mondale, another 
was for the Prince of Bavaria. Never again ! Another was 
for Sweet Briar and then I misplaced a salad for 20 
guests. Never was I so disenchanted with the catering 
business, and I'm learning to say No. 

Usually I prepare the food at home and clients come 
to pick it up. I don't think I would be married much 
longer if I went to clients' homes and cooked! 

Kitchen design and cookshop design are part of my 
business ($35 per hour), which I have done in North 
Carolina and Alabama. I may do a job in Dalton, GA. 
The cost there is $5,000 for what is really a franchise 
without the yearly percentage of the profits (the best 
bargain I have) or $500 retainer fee and $35 per hour for 
any portion of this package deal. St. Catherine's, another 
alma mater, has asked me to give lessons for a fund- 
raising event. For such travel-demonstration the fee has 
to be $300 a day plus expenses. 

A sample menu for a buffet luncheon would be: 
Rolled souffle of Spinach (Epinard Roulade) around 
Scrambled Eggs and topped with Hollandaise Sauce, 
Broiled Tomatoes Provencale, Shad roe and Bacon, 
then Lemon Milk Sherbet with Blueberries or Simca's 
Tart for Jim (grated apples, almonds and raisins). 

Menu for a formal dinner (winter): Oysters on the 
Halfshell with Caviar, Quail Braised with White Wine, 
Carrot Flan, Salade of Braised Celery, and Coeur a la 
Creme with Raspberry Sauce. 



The cookbooks I recommend for you include Craig 
Claiborne's A Kitchen Primer for the most basic; Mal- 
vina Kinard's/1 Kitchen Scholar and Simone Beck's 
Simca's Cuisine for more advanced cooking; Richard 
Olney's The French Menu Cookbook and Simple French 
Food for the more sophisticated ; Mastering the Art of 
French Cooking, Vol. 1 and 2 for an encyclopedia on 
French cooking; Florence Lin's books for Chinese food; 
Marcella Hazan and Guiliano Bugiali for Italian food; 
and the Charleston Receipts. 

Are men better chefs than women? I'm asked that, 
and I do not believe that they are. Men do have advan- 
tages: strength and ability to work weird hours. A 
woman-chef in the traditional sense would have almost 
the same lifestyle as an actress on the road. If a woman 
is unmarried and plans to live a single life or if she is 
married and has a "wife," then she might survive as 
a chef! Men that I teach are usually more natural 
than women in their approach to cooking and don't 
have preconceived ideas about seasonings, appropriate- 
ness, etc. and are usually less self-conscious about learn- 
ing how to do one of the most important jobs in life. 

Alumnae can certainly follow my lead. You must de- 
fine your goals and be realistic about how much you 
intend to work. It is not easy, however, and I do not 
think people should think it's something they can just 
jump into and be successful. I worked for three years 
for an established corporation, then set up my own 
business and am now beginning to see where I ought 
to be going. The outlay of money can be great, even for 
a little business in the home. Be aware that this cooking 
-class and catering is not the answer for every bored 
housewife. My husband Pete and I do not have children 
but I expect a wave a maternal instinct to hit me any 
time! My friend Molly Woltz Carrison '70 told me the 
only way to work and work happily with children is to 
have a business in your home. Maybe I'm on the right 
track. 



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November 1918 



• • |%T ovember 9, 1918: the firebells rang and 

JL y^ we all dashed to the Quadrangle. Here we 
found Miss McVea standing on the running board of a 
Model T Ford. In a vigorous voice she announced, 
'Armistice! The war is over! Peace reigns!' Isolated 
as we were with no radios or TV, we actually did not 
know until four days later that Nov. 9 was a false report 
and that the actual signing was November 11, 1918," 
said Edith Durrell Marshall '21 in the 75th anniversary 
edition of the Alumnae Magazine. 

November 11, 1978, was the 60th anniversary of the 
signing of The Armistice. 

Sixty years ago, according to historian Liddell Hart 
"the German delegates had no option but to accept the 
drastic terms of The Armistice, which was signed in 
Foch's railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne at 
5 AM on November 1 1th. And at 1 1 o'clock that morning 
the World War came to an end." 

After August 6, 1914, when the great deployment 
began on the western front, the world was never again 
the same. Lysbeth W. Muncy, Professor of History 
Emeritus, sums up one of the tragedies of the First Great 
War: "I want to emphasize the fact that Americans, as 
a people, knew so little of the suffering and disillusion- 
ment and sense of a lost age which the Europeans ex- 
perienced." 

We asked Miss Muncy and several other members of 
the faculty and staff, "What were you doing and where 
were you at 1 1 a.m. that November day?" 
Here are their recollections: 



Miss Muncy: What was I doing on November 11, 1918? 
I was eight years old then and I can remember very well. 
My father, a physician, had built a house in the country. 
It was on a small hill overlooking the town of Harmony, 
Rhode Island. Every day he drove to his office in Provi- 
dence. There he talked a great deal about the War with 
his patients and they knew his interests. 

Early on the morning of November 11th, about six 
o'clock, I think, Dad had a phone call from Providence. 
The Armistice had been signed. He immediately ran up 
the flag and built a fire near the flagpole as a beacon so 
that folks in the village and round about would know the 



good news. I found a tin horn left from Hallowe'en and 
ran from house to house blowing my horn under open 
windows and shouting, "Peace, peace! The War is over." 

I can't remember what I did at 1 1 o'clock. Perhaps 
I was knitting on a scarf I had been making for the 
soldiers. I do know that for us, who had suffered so little 
and shared in the victory, this seemed a glorious day. 

Marion Benedict Rollins, Professor of Religion Emeri- 
tus: On November 11, 1918, 1 was a junior at Barnard 
College, living in Brooks Hall on the corner of Broadway 
and 1 16th Street. New York City went wild, and people 
(including all of us in Brooks Hall) poured out into 
Broadway, dancing and shouting and singing. I'm sure 
we must have had a special service of thanksgiving in 
the Columbia University Chapel and a holiday and 
interesting meetings, but the pandemonium in the streets 
is my most vivid recollection. 

Belle Boone Beard, Professor of Sociology Emeritus: 
I was teaching school in the mountains of Franklin 
County and did not hear about it for a couple of days. 

Elizabeth F. Sprague, Professor of Ecology Emeritus: 
I fear my memory of November 11, 1918, yields nothing. 
I do recall a flag-waving parade around the block with 
two friends who lived next door and with my brother and 
sister. We were barefoot urchins with mops of white-to- 
blond hair and we were probably singing "Marching as 
to War." We enjoyed the occasion. Since it was summer, 
we were at the beach and there was lots of wide open 
space, ten cottages on three miles of beach; now there 
are 10,000 crowded into the strand called Mission Beach. 
I asked Gert (Miss Prior '29) at the pool yesterday and 
she said they had a parade at school. Mabel Chipley 
can't recall. Apparently that was not a day that meant 
very much to small children in school trying to learn 
times tables or whatever was to be learned. 

Helen McMahon '23, former Alumnae Association 
Director and Manager of the Book Shop: In fact, I have 
confused memories of Armistice Day — parades, church 
services and happy tears. I was a sophomore in high 
school and had no family or close friends in any way 



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involved except in all of the volunteer activities. 

Sarah Thorpe Ramage, Professor of English Emeritus: 
Strangely enough, I have no recollection of the actual 
Armistice Day, but I do have a most vivid recollection of 
the false Armistice announcement that took place a day 
or two earlier. 

In 1918 I was twelve years old, old enough to have 
heard and understood something of the four years of 
talk about the War and its terrible progress. We were 
aghast at the destruction of Belgium and had contri- 
buted to the fund to help the refugees; the son of one of 
our friends had been killed ; among the civilians even 
the children were organized to do what they could. I 
had helped to make candles for use in the trenches: 
newpapers cut into strips two columns wide which were 
rolled tightly and then soaked in parafin to give off heat 
as well as light. Everyone knew that the tide had finally 
turned in favor of the Allies and the tension of waiting 
for the end had been heightened by hope. 

I was sitting at my desk at school in Memphis on the 
morning of November 9 or 10, when the door burst open 
and a teacher rushed in, holding up, for the whole room 
to see, a newspaper whose two-inch-high headline was 
the one word: PEACE! In the general commotion I said 
fervently, "Thank God!" and then I realized that for 
the first time in my life I had burst into tears of joy. I 
was so astonished at myself that even in that moment 
I thought, "I am really grown up!" 

After that, the announcement of the true Armistice 
had lost its initial impact; I don't even remember where 
I was! 

Bertha P. Wailes ' 1 7, Associate Professor of Sociology 
Emeritus: I was doing research work in 1918 at Penn- 
hurst, one of the two state institutions of Pennsylvania. 
My family lived in Amherst, and I came home several 
times during the year but do not remember whether 
Nov. 1 1 was one of these occasions. 

Winifred Walker, former Book Store Manager: As I had 
left for England in 1914 to nurse an invalid aunt and did 
not return until 1920, 1 am unable to recall Armistice 
Day in this country. 



Carol M. Rice, M.D., former College Physician, 
Professor of Hygiene Emeritus: On November 11, 
1918, 1 was a junior at Smith College in Northampton, 
Mass. The Armistice was not totally unexpected; 
although in those days the college did not boast a 
campus alert broadcast, it took a little time to let 
all of us know there would be a memorial service at noon 
in John M. Greene Hall. At eighty I have no memory 
even for long-gone events, but it seems to me that Smith's 
president in 1918 was William Allan Neilson. He had 
accepted the presidency, so the rumor went, with the 
understanding that he would neither raise money nor 
pray in the chapel. That in no way made him a poor 
speaker. That day in November, Smith was treated to an 
excellent memorial service, an outstanding recognition 
of the glorious Armistice. 

Jane C. Belcher, Professor of Ecology Emeritus: I re- 
member so clearly Armistice Day. I was eight years old, 
living in Maplewood, New Jersey. My friends and I took 
great sheets of galvanized tin and beat on the tin with 
whatever we could find as we marched up and down the 
streets. 

Lois Ballenger, secretary to Presidents Glass, Lucas 
and Pannell-Taylor: I was a freshman at Greenville 
Woman's College (now the woman's college of Furman 
University) on November 11, 1918. As I recall, the news 
came through about midday, and a special convocation 
was called following the dinner hour. President David 
M. Ramsay made the happy announcement to the as- 
sembled student body and led a short religious service 
in which all of us participated. The bells of all of the 
churches in the city of Greenville, SC, rang out for a 
long time during the late afternoon and early evening 
of that day. I was particularly interested in the cessation 
of fighting of World War I because my older brother was 
in the United States Navy and was in the Dardanelles at 
that time. He later came to see me at GWC and was 
sought after by many of my friends for news of his war 
experiences, which pleased him very much. 

Laura T. Buckham, Professor of French Emeritus: 
I was in Burlington, Vermont, on November 11, 1918, 



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and recall that all the bells — church bells and other 
available bells — rang most of the day. I'm sure there 
were celebrations but I did not participate in any. Before 
The Armistice I remember very vividly rolling bandages 
for the wounded. We were given strips of gauze into 
which we put strands of oakum; it was supposed to 
staunch the blood. I can still smell that wonderful tar- 
like aroma. I don't know if they still use oakum to calk 
boats but it was a familiar smell around Maine harbors 
when I was a child. 



ing and historical accuracy. The First World War was 
an incredible event that forever changed the course of 
world history, the world's governments, the mores of 
the people and their social structure. Of these ten books 
I suggest you begin your reading with The Proud Tower, 
which presents the orderly-structured world of pre- War I 
interwoven with the first signs of intrigue and unrest 
among governments, leading to WW I." 



Martha von Briesen '31, former Director of Public Re- 
lations: I recall much noise — factory whistles and church 
bells — and excitement on Nov. 9, the false Armistice 
Day. We lived in a Milwaukee suburb and apparently 
Dad called from his downtown office and suggested 
that Mother bring me and my older brother Jake to the 
city. We had no car, so surely we went by streetcar, a 
rather long trip (eight blocks to walk to our end of a 
car line), then 30 min. to mid-town. I suppose there was 
a parade, although I don't remember it. My clear mem- 
ory is of standing on a curb when clanging bells an- 
nounced the approach of a fire wagon (steamer or 
pumper?) drawn by three speeding horses. In my eager- 
ness to see these handsome animals, I let go Dad's hand 
and stepped into the street. He followed me and quickly 
snatched me back to safety in his arms. As the vehicle 
thundered by, I was glad to view it from the sidewalk. 
I don't remember what we did on November 11, but 
I don't think we went to town that day. I suppose we 
were in school, where there was doubtless some obser- 
vance to mark the momentous occasion. Oh yes, I re- 
member newsboys yelling "Extra! Extra!" as they ran up 
and down our quiet street, but was it Nov. 9 or 1 1 or 
both days? No radio then, as everyone relied on "Extras" 
for news that broke between morning and afternoon 
papers. 



One of our readers whose library includes many 
books about the Great War recommends the 
following ten books as "representative of splendid writ- 



The Proud Tower by Barbara Tuchman. Macmillan. 
1966. 

The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman. Mac- 
millan. 1962. 

The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 by Alistair Home. 
St. Martin's Press. 1963. 

First Day on the Somme, 1 July 1916 by Martin 
Middlebrook. W. W. Norton. 1972. 
The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell. 
Oxford University Press. 1975. 
History of the First World War by Liddell Hart. 
Cassell and Company Ltd. 1970. 
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque. 
Little, Brown and Co. 1929. 

A Hilltop on the Marne by Mildred Aldrich, "Being 
Letters Written June 3-September 8, 1914." Houghton 
Mifflin. 1915. 

Wilfred Owen, a Biography by Jon Stallworthy. 
Oxford University Press. 1977. 
The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen, edited by C. 
Day Lewis. New Directions Books. 1964. 



C. Day Lewis believes that Owen's work "is certainly 
the finest written by any English poet of the First War 
and probably the greatest poems about war in our litera- 
ture." On November 4, 1918, exactly one week before 
The Armistice, Lieut. Owen was killed in action as he 
led his men across the Sambre Canal. He was twenty- 
five years old. He lies in the village cemetery at Ors, 
buried between Private Duckworth and Private Topping. 



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Estate^ 

Planning 

News 



Timely Tips For '78 Taxpayers 



When this issue goes to press, the President has not yet signed the Tax Bill. Keep 
your eyes and ears open and make inquiries at your IRS Office to check the points 
listed below and others that pertain: 

• Exemption for taxpayer and dependents has been increased from $750 to 
$1000 each. 

• Zero Tax Bracket (new name for standard deduction) remains $2300 for single 
and $3400 for married couples filing jointly. 

• Plan to itemize deductions in one year when medical expenses, etc, have been 
extraordinary. It may be advantageous to itemize in alternate years and plan 
larger gifts accordingly, 

• Tax credit of 20% up to a maximum of $300 (15% of $2000 spent) is allowed 
for energy savings costs on principal residence. Items covered include: storm 
or thermal windows; more efficient furnaces, wood stoves (but not fireplaces); 
heat pumps that replace existing systems; and other energy conserving items. 

• "Unit rule," approved by the Revenue Service, can enable one taxpayer to get 
a $1500 deduction, IF your contribution to the support of your aged parents 
equals more than half of their total support and if you treat both parents as a 
unit. 

• For 1978 and future years, an appreciated asset must be held at least one year 
and a day to be considered as long-term capital gain. 

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS PROVIDE TAX DEDUCTIONS: 

Cash: 

You can deduct up to 50% of taxable income. 

Appreciated Assets: 

Using as gifts avoids payment of capital gains. 

You can deduct up to 30% of taxable income. 

Excess of either deduction can be carried over for five years or until used up, 

whichever comes first. 

Services: 

You cannot place a value on your personal services, but expenses (transpor- 
tation, meals, lodging, tolls) in connection with charitable services are de- 
ductible. Always keep detailed records to support your claim. 

Material Gifts: 

Have gifts appraised and keep careful record of value. 



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Office of Estate Planning 
Sweet Briar College 
Sweet Briar, Va. 24595 



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Sweet Briar College 









Alumnae Magazine 
Spring 1979 



Volume 4-9, Number 3, Spring 1979 
Editor: Catharine Fitzgerald Hooker '47 
Manuring Editor: Ann Morrison Reams '42 
Class Notes Editor: Carolvn Bates 



Alumnae Magazine 



Spring 1979 




1 Colleges and Commerce 

by Ross R. Millhiser 
6 Long Range Planning and the 
Alumnae 
by Gregory T. Armstrong 
10 Founders' Day 1978: 
What is College For? 
by Josiah Bunting, III 
14 Forty Shades of Green 

by Julia S. de Coligny '34 

16 Letters 

17 Briar Patches 
34 Alumnae Notices 
36 Women at Work 

42 The Apple is Alive and Well . . . 
by Katherine Macdonald and 
Jennifer Crispen 

46 Bon Appetit! 

by Amy Campbell '80 

47 The Editor's Room 

48 The Guiding Lights 

bv Claire Dennison '80 



Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine (ISSX 0039-7342). Issued 
four times yearly; fall, winter, spring and summer by Sweet Briar 
College. Second class postage paid at Sweet Briar. Virginia 24595. 
Telephone (804) 381-5513. Printed by J. P. Bell, Lynchburg, VA. 
Send form 3579 to Sweet Briar College, Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 
24595. 



COVER: In this issue (page 1) 
we celebrate the once unique and 
still outstanding Virginia Founda- 
tion for Independent Colleges, 
whose logo — only slightly modified 
for our Sweet Briar readership — is 
the ecumenical centerpiece of our 
Spring cover. Pictured at right is 
Lea Booth, Director of the V.F.I.C 
and his wife Mary Morris Gamble 
Booth '51. 






Colleges @ and ® Commerce 




by Ross R. Millhiser 

Vice Chairman of the Board, Philip Morris Inc. 



The VFIC: A Major Industry 

The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges 
brings together in common purpose twelve privately 
supported, senior institutions more concerned about 
excelling than merely surviving. Each has demonstrated 
over a long period of years — their average age is 134 — 
the academic vitality, qualitative performance and 
management efficiency by which first-rate colleges are 
measured as productive centers of higher learning. 

The twelve members of the VFIC constitute a major 
industry in their own right — aggregate capital assets 
of $460 million, annual expenditures of $88 million, 
more than 3,000 employees with a total payroll of 
$47 million. The extent of their value as tax-savers 
is suggested by the $760 million in legislative ap- 
propriations to finance the State-sponsored system of 
higher education during the current biennium. 

The participating institutions are: Bridgewater 
College, Emory & Henry College, Hampden -Sydney 
College, Hollins College, Lynchburg College, Mary 
Baldwin College, Randolph-Macon College, Randolph- 
Macon Woman's College, University of Richmond, 
Roanoke College, Sweet Briar College, and Washing- 
ton and Lee University. 



American history records many gratuitous slaps 
at the common man, but none so biting and 
final as "The public be damned." 

But like Calvin Coolidge's aphorism that the business 
of America is business, that outrageous reply by a 
Vanderbilt to a reporter's question gathers dust with 
other discredited contumely of earlier days. For in 
recent decades, several generations of entrepreneurs 
and professional managers have led business into 
new and often pioneering areas of our national life. 

The influence of commerce now gently pervades our 
country's life style. Our business is, to be sure, still 
business, but we have moved far beyond Cal's pithy 
proscription. 

Companies like Philip Morris underwrite major 
art shows, others support complete new operatic 
performances, still others release executive talent to 
work with civic and cultural institutions. 

But it is education that most often feels the benign 
impact of business's commitment to the world around 
us. For a number of reasons — some self-serving — 
corporate America has granted enormous sums to the 
academic area. Grants and research money support 
the training of technicians, a practice easy to under- 
stand for those corporations that need vertically 
trained people to expand scientific progress, to develop 
new products and to extend knowledge in disciplines 
so crucial to our welfare as new energy sources and 
the husbandry of those already at hand. 

But the finest venture of business into the world 
outside profit and loss comes in its support of liberal 
education . . . the wonderful, liberating stuff of the 
humanities. Even in that instance of corporate 
philanthropy there is selfishness, for the educated 



BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE 

Bndqvu^MCT, Va 
Founded 1880 




RANDOLPH-MACON COLLEGE *; 

Ashland, Va 
Founded 1830 




EMORY AND HENRY COLLEGE 

Emory. Va 
Founded 1836 




RANDOLPH-MACON WOMAN'S COLLEGE 

Lynchburg. Va I I 

Founded 1891 (/ ll 




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Mack Library, Bridgewater 



Refectory, Sweet Briar 



Front Campus, Washington & Lee 



generalist has the intellectual curiosity and capacity 
that gives her or him, as a manager, an overview not 
necessarily a part of the technician's background or 
even interest. 

For many years, the support of liberal arts educa- 
tion — and the private, independent colleges that 
nurture and teach it so lovingly — rose and fell on 
capricious grounds. The chief executive made certain 
that alma mater shared in the corporate largess. Or 
the most persistent and persuasive college president 
walked away with a disproportionate share of the 
spoils. 

At the same time business awoke — or was awaken- 
ing — to its involvement with society, a parallel 
phenomenon was taking strong root: the efficient 
concept of federated appeals — the Red Feathers and 
the United Way campaigns — grew from an idealistic 
notion to a reality, and by the early 1950's, that was 
clearly the way to raise and distribute money. 

That fact was not lost on twelve Virginia colleges and 
some farsighted businessmen. A number of them 
determined to take the collective approach to raising 
funds in the business community for unrestricted use 
by the colleges. 

The organizing group that met in 1952 comprised 
a "Who's Who" of two worlds. From academe, 
the presidents of Sweet Briar College (then Anne Gary 
Pannell), Bridgewater College, Emory & Henry College, 
Hampden-Sydney College, Hollins College, Lynchburg 
College, Mary Baldwin College, Randolph-Macon 
College, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Roanoke 
College, University of Richmond and Washington and 
Lee University. And from commerce and industry an 
equal number, each representing the governing board 
of one of the twelve colleges. Sweet Briar's hierarchy 
was represented by its board chairman, Virginia's 
pre-eminent banker, Thomas C. Boushall, then Presi- 
dent of The Bank of Virginia and already widely known 
as one of the nation's most vigorous spokesmen for the 
qualitative advancement of education at all levels, as 



he is today. 

What they created — the Virginia Foundation tor 
Independent Colleges — exists twenty-five years later 
as an exemplar of cooperation between the two discrete 
worlds, and its success is a model of the fund-raising 
art that has set the pace for thirty-nine other similar 
state organizations seeking corporate financial aid. 

The mechanics of the VFIC operation were developed 
and refined by one-time public relations director at 
Washington and Lee University. United Press writer, 
and Congressional committee staff head whose special 
personality and dedication have suffused all that has 
happened. Lea Booth, then and now, in a real sense is 
the VFIC. Courtly, friendly, southern to his marrow, 
he moves about corporate offices from New York to 
Richmond to Roanoke with an insouciance and disarm- 
ing charm that have paid handsome dividends — 
literally — for the twelve colleges and universities whose 
interests he advocates with awesome energy and single- 
minded devotion. Lea also answers to "Dr. Booth." for 
his alma mater. Washington and Lee. bestowed an 
honorary doctorate in 1976 in recognition of his 
long-term service to private education. 

Just how effective the VFIC has been is revealed by 
a look at Sweet Briar's share of the proceeds over the 
past twenty-five years — $1,645,000. which former 
President Anne Gary Pannell once referred to as 
"bread and butter money" that helps to keep inflation 
at bay. (Incidentally. Mr. Boushall has served with 
enthusiasm on the VFIC's board throughout those 
twenty-five years.) 

The 1978 fund, distributed to the twelve member 
colleges in June, amounted to $1,560,000. or an average 
of $130,000 per college, the highest per-college share 
going to participating colleges from any of the forty 
similar joint college funds throughout the nation. The 
fund is distributed each June according to a standard 
formula: 60 percent in equal shares and 40 percent on 
the basis of undergraduate enrollment in the respective 
member colleges. Sweet Briar's share of the 1978 VFIC 
fund was equivalent to more than $1 .500 of each full 
time faculty member's annual salary. Bv another 



HAMPDEN-SYDNEY COLLEGE 

Hampden Sydney. Va 
Founded 1776 




UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND 

Richmond, Va 
Founded 1830 




HOLUNS COLLEGE 

Hollins College. Va 
Founded 1842 




ROANOKE COLLEGE 

Salem. Va 
Founded 1842 








East Building, Hollins 



Bvars Hall, Emon & Henrv 



Tower, R-MWC 



statistical measurement, it was equivalent to half of 
the library budget (staffing and book acquisitions) or 
two-thirds of a departmental budget for the Natural 
Sciences. 

VFIC funds are unrestricted so that the colleges can 
apply them to their most acute and immediate 
non-capital needs. President Harold B. Whiteman, Jr., 
currently serving as vice president of the VFIC and 
chairman of two of its key committees, reported to the 
trustees that Sweet Briar's share was allocated to faculty 
salaries. "There is in our view no more important 
single item in our budget," said Dr. Whiteman, "if we 
are going to attract and hold top-quality instructors 
at all faculty levels. The instruction they provide is, in 
turn, a major part of the justification for high-cost 
independent colleges and universities today. Unless 
such institutions have excellent teaching, programs, 
facilities, and student bodies, there is little reason for 
them to continue to complement, as well as to compete 
with, the public institutions." 

Dr. Whiteman pointed out that continuing inflation 
has resulted in an actual loss of "real income" as 
reflected in steady-value salaries, despite substantial 
increases in dollar levels during the past couple of 
decades. "Although one does not want to be 'part of 
the problem' of inflation by contributing to the upward 
spiral, those on the lower side of parity must not be 
allowed to become its victims." 

What is it that attracts corporate dollars to Sweet 
Briar and her fellow institutions? Why does professional 
business management contribute money to twelve 
Virginia collegiate institutions, with no strings attached 
and no expectation of influencing either curricula or 
content? There's no one answer. But the common 
denominator appears to be both an historical under- 
standing of pluralism in education and an instinctive 
affection for the liberally educated person. 

From a practical standpoint, what's the alternative? 
Aside from the compelling philosophical reasons 
for keeping our private sector vigorous and varied, 



consider this fact: the services that the independent 
colleges provide the Commonwealth at no cost to the 
Virginia taxpayer would require additional tax funds 
equivalent to the state appropriations now allocated 
to ten of our well-subsidized four-year state colleges. 

It's unthinkable that already hard-pressed taxpayers 
would tolerate this additional drain upon the state 
treasury. And it is equally unthinkable that our inde- 
pendent institutions should be harnessed by the 
bureaucratic constraints that invariably come with 
government funding. 

Because business would be directly affected, man- 
agement cannot idly observe the crisis in higher 
education from the corporate tower. It must come down 
and get involved. Terry Sanford, President of Duke 
University and former Governor of North Carolina, 
believes that "We are drifting to a system of higher 
education totally dependent upon the political process 
for financing. The future of our dual system of higher 
education is in doubt because independent colleges in 
America are in jeopardy. Our greatest danger is that 
we will give away our strongest asset — competition." 

One of our distinguished Philip Morris directors, 
Robert E. R. Huntley, the articulate president of Sweet 
Briar's favorite and most romantic neighbor, Washing- 
ton and Lee University, has footnoted President 
Sanford's dire admonition: 

"The fact that this school is 230 years old does not 
mean that it doesn't know how to die. Only public 
institutions have never developed a death mechanism. 
Private institutions know how to get sick and how to 
wither and how to die, and once they begin to get sick 
and wither the problem becomes absolutely insuperable, 
particularly in these days of relentless economic 
pressures." 

Fortunately, the Virginia Foundation's record over 
the past quarter-century gives convincing evidence 
that there are many concerned businessmen who are 
determined that the Sweet Briars and the W&Ls, with 
all of their tradition and character, do not merely avoid 
getting sick and dying but continue to flourish and go 
on providing freedom of choice between the public and 



LYNCHBURG COLLEGE 

Lynchburg. Va 
Founded *<»03 






SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 

5weet Bnar Va 
Founded 1901 




MARY BALDWIN COLLEGE 

Sla union. Va 
Founded 1842 



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WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY 

Lewnglon Va 

Founded 1749 |fc 1j* 






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Morton Hall, Hampden-Svdnev 



Hunt Building, Man Baldwin 



Trexler Hall, Roanoke 



private sectors. 

The stake of business in our educational system has 
never been more clear cut and compelling. Corporate 
financial aid. once regarded as an optional philanthropy, 
is now patently a necessity to preserve the pluralism in 
which free enterprise in education and free enterprise 
in commerce have supported each other for their 
common good. 

One might say that this concept of pluralism goes 
back to the Book of Proverbs, which says. "In the 
multitude of counselors, there is safety." 

Former Governor Colgate Darden has been one of 
the most articulate advocates of a dual system of 
public and private institutions, each sector complement- 
ing the other and together providing the diversity and 
strength of pluralism to the total education enterprise. 
When serving as President of the University of Virginia. 
Governor Darden considered it unthinkable that 
Virginians would ever tolerate a single monolithic 
system of higher education controlled by government 
and supported entirely by our taxes. 

In a memorable 1955 speech at Sweet Briar, he 
acknowledged that "The tax-supported institutions have 
an enormous advantage in that they draw upon the 
resources of the state, but this advantage is never free 
of the danger of subservience to political power and the 
control of the institutions for partisan purposes. We 
have been free of this in Virginia, and I trust that we 
shall be always, but only a person blind to the lessons of 
experience can fail to recognize the ever-lurking danger. 
The private institutions are very strong bastions of 
freedom of thought and expression. Therefore, their 
welfare and progress are vitally important to a free 
society. The independent colleges are indispensable 
allies of our system of public instruction." 

Clearly, a Virginia tradition of excellence has been 
written with the pen of academic independence. The 
private institutions have been outstanding in open 
intellectual competition with our state-supported 
schools. But in recent years they have been at a disad- 
vantage when it comes to financial competition. 



Legislative appropriations by Virginia's General 
Assembly for the 1978-80 biennium included a record 
$760 million to support the State's burgeoning system 
of colleges and universities, a third more than the 
preceding biennial appropriation. This means a tax 
subsidy of more than $2,000 per year for each student 
in a four-year institution. And yet, for all of that, the 
tax-supported institutions are aggressively increasing 
the vigor of their demand for contributions and grants 
from private (non-alumni) sources, including corpora- 
tions, thus inevitably diminishing the not-unlimited 
supply of dollars available to Sweet Briar and her sister 
institutions that don't have the advantage of tax 
resources. 

My successor as Chairman of the Virginia Founda- 
tion, Preston C. Caruthers of Arlington, himself a 
former president of the State Board of Education, 
comments, "For the tax-supported college, private 
funding is the frosting on the cake; for independent 
colleges, it's the cake itself." 

A large percentage of the tax dollars paid by business 
supports public education, and in Virginia, eighteen 
cents of each general tax dollar goes to the State- 
sponsored college and university system. It seems 
judicious to ensure the value of that investment in public 
education by voluntarily helping to preserve and 
strengthen the private institutions, because private 
colleges have traditionally provided a yardstick in terms 
of freedom of administrative and curricular manage- 
ment, of intellectual inquiry, the costs of education to 
society, and the quality of education. 

And let me emphasize that tuitions are no measure 
of the comparative costs of the two kinds of education. 
Recent studies have found that the yearly costs per 
student are lower in the private institutions. The 
efficiencies of private enterprise are manifest in educa- 
tion as well as in business. 

Moreover, personal relationships between faculty and 
students are closer. And recent studies have found that 
needy students in private colleges are more likely to 
graduate than those in public colleges. 



BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE 

Bndgeu-ater. Va 
Founded 1880 




RANDOLPH-MACON COLLEGE <c 

Ashland, Va 
Founded 1830 




B»| 



EMORY AND HENRY COLLEGE 

Emoiy. Va 
Founded 1836 




RANDOLPH-MACON WOMAN'S COLLEGE 

Lynchburg, Va 

Founded 1891 ]/ ^ 





Boatwright Library, Univ. of Richmond 



Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC 



Knight Library, Lynchburg 



Business also has an interest in the acquisition of new 
knowledge. And the freedom of inquiry that is the 
hallmark of private colleges facilitates such discovery. 

As businessmen, we know too well that government 
regulations often are capricious and repressive. Some of 
the most eloquent protests against unwarranted 
intrusions by government into the private sector have 
been delivered by presidents of private colleges, and we 
welcome them as our allies in the continuing struggle to 
preserve free enterprise. 

There it is, then. Free enterprise in commerce and 
its counterpart in education joined in a venture of 
surpassing importance to both. 

Meanwhile, back in VFIC's Lynchburg headquarters, 
the task goes on apace. The staff itself is a microcosm 



of the member colleges: Washington and Lee, Hollins, 
Hampden-Sydney. Emory & Henry, Sweet Briar, that 
latter academic star represented by Lea Booth's wife, 
Mary Morris, class of 1950. 

Alumnae are justifiably proud of Sweet Briar. They 
should be proud also of the statesmanlike role and 
creative part Harold Whiteman plays in the vitality and 
success of the VFIC. He has put his imprimatur of 
class and style on the organization, serves as chairman of 
important committees, is currently Vice President and 
scheduled to be President next year. 

Most important of all, alumnae should be aware of 
the magic melding of college and commerce. They have 
made history through a marriage of interests that 
benefits us equally. 



Ross R. Millhiser, native of Richmond and current resident of 
Rumson, New Jersey, is Vice Chairman of the Board of Philip Morris 
Incorporated, in New York City, where except for the the period of 
World War II he has held various positions in most departments, 
starting two days after graduation from Yale. There he was a classmate 
of Sweet Briar President Whiteman. 

Millhiser has been an active and productive trustee of the Virginia 
Foundation for Independent Colleges for seven years, two of them as 
Chairman of the Board while distribution records were set. An eclectic 
scholar, a lexicologist and a perceptive businessman, he often speaks 
and writes about the values of a broad education — what he calls the 
"liberating arts" and in which he includes basic sciences. He also 
stresses the development of character, diligence and leadership as 
essential educational ingredients. 

His contributions to education have been recognized by Hampden- 
Sydney College's award of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and by 
election to the University of Richmond's chapter of Beta Gamma 
Sigma, a national honor society in business administration. His family 
has followed his example of attending an independent college. Mrs. 
Millhiser, the former Eleanor McGue of Richmond, graduated from 
Trinity College in Washington, D. C. Two of their sons attended 
Georgetown; one, Cornell; and their daughter, Duke. One of the sons is 
now a law student at Washington and Lee. 

Millhiser, who is a director of two other Virginia corporations, Best 
Products Company and First & Merchants National Bank, has been 
widely quoted when speaking about corporate support for private 
colleges. 




Ross R. Millhiser 



HAMPDEN-SYDNEY COLLEGE 

Hampden Sidney. Va 
Founded 1776 




UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND 

Richmond Va 
Founded 1830 



HOLLINS COLLEGE 

Hollins College Va 
Founded 1842 



ROANOKE COLLEGE 

v > Salem, Va 

Founded 1842 



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Long Range Planning and the Alumnae 



by Gregory T. Armstrong 



June 1978 brought to a formal conclusion the work 
of the Planning Commission and saw the writing 
of my final report, which has gone to those who 
participated in the several task forces and special 
committees of the Commission and to all faculty, 
administrative officers and Overseers of the College. 
It is not my purpose here to repeat or summarize this 
report, but I should be pleased to send a copy to 
interested alumnae. My concern in this article is two- 
fold: to underline and report on the part which alumnae 
took in long-range planning over the past two years and 
to emphasize the on-going importance of planning for 
the future health and success of Sweet Briar. 

First, you may be proud of the several alumnae who 
participated directly in our task forces. There were at 
least eighteen from your number, including two on the 
faculty, seven in the administration and four from the 
Board. Three of these were also parents of students or 
former students. More than three hundred alumnae 
returned the alumnae questionnaire from last winter's 
Alumnae Magazine. Altogether these alumnae helped 
us to assess what kind of job we are doing and how we 
look to our constituency off-campus. This evaluation 
and this perspective on the educational enterprise at 
Sweet Briar is very important. It is fair to say that we 
are only as good as our product. Both your achievements 
and your satisfaction with your experience during the 
college years are an indication of the quality of our 
performance in the classroom, library, lab or studio. 

The questionnaire indicated a high level of satisfaction 
with the academic program, teaching quality, extra- 
curricular activities, student faculty relations, personal 
growth, intellectual development, appreciation of the 
arts, and preparation for community leadership. Some 
areas were clearly only adequate: academic advising, 
social life, some physical facilities, and preparation for 
a professional career or employment. A few were 
equally clearly poor, chiefly counselling services. I want 
to report that attention has been paid to just these last 
named areas over the past four years with dramatically 
increased counselling services, a new swimming pool 
and plans for new art studios and gallery, more attention 
to student social needs, and greater involvement of the 



faculty in career planning. The report of the Student 
Life Task Force, chaired by John Savarese, stressed, for 
example, the need for more informal, small-scale 
social activities that were not just parties. The new 
debating society and the radio station fall into this 
category since they will bring our students together with 
students from Washington and Lee and elsewhere. 




Gregory T. Armstrong, Professor of Religion and chairman of the 
department, was the chairman of Sweet Briar's Long Range Planning 
Commission. His B.A. (Honors) is from Wesley an (Conn.); he holds a 
B.S. (Highest Honors) from McCormick Theological Seminary and a 
doctorate (magna cum laude) in theology from the University of 
Heidelberg, Germany. He has received more than a dozen awards, 
grants and distinctions since 1958, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the 
American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Church 
History and other societies and has written articles and book reviews 
for more than twenty-five journals, magazines and encyclopediae. 



The alumnae questionnaire also provided useful 
information about the further education of our 
graduates. Forty-two percent of those replying have 
earned master's degrees, and just over eight percent 
have doctorates. Another nineteen percent are anticipat- 
ing further graduate or professional study in the next 
two to five years. We also learned that a significant 
number of our alumnae make extensive or some use of 
a foreign language in their employment and that just 
about seventy-five percent make use of mathematical 
or statistical skills. There is some interest in an alumnae 
college during the three days before reunion weekend, 
but much less in a summer alumnae college, a summer 
M.A., or weekend workshops on campus. We also 
learned a good deal about individual achievements and 
honors, potential speakers and sponsors of internships, 
and even new addresses and changes of marital status. 

Most interesting and valuable, however, were the 
comments to the open-ended questions. All of these 
have been read at least once by me, and many have 
been read and even responded to by other faculty 
members or administrators. I copied a generous selection 
of the replies to our question. Would you encourage 
your daughters to attend Sweet Briar? and to the ques- 
tion concerning alumnae activities and the image of the 
College as a leading academic institution for women 
and circulated these comments to our chief administra- 
tors and to the faculty members on the Self-Study 
Committee which is now at work for the reaccreditation 
process. I should add that the copying omitted names. 
Some of the complete responses to all the open-ended 
questions, together with attached typewritten pages in a 
few cases (but again mostly without the first page giving 
name, address and class), were also copied and sent 
around. I felt that these detailed and carefully conceived 
replies deserved our serious consideration. 

Let me share some of the concerns which were voiced 
by you. As always, great importance was placed 
on outstanding teachers, on women leaders and role 
models in the faculty and administration, and on 
attention to individual students. I think we all agree on 
this, but I can't refrain from observing that these aims 
don't come cheaply. They are just what make a small 
private college a high-tuition institution. For high 
tuition, moreover, you expect high standards, a variety 
of courses, and a strong liberal arts emphasis. So do 
the faculty and administration, and many replies 
praised the revised degree requirements produced by 



the Steering Committee of the Planning Commission 
and printed in the same issue as the questionnaire. The 
Mission Statement adopted by the commission is the 
background or presupposition for the requirements. 

Much interest was expressed in exposure to the world 
of work, to career preparation and to learning math. 
I think we at the College share this interest, but the 
proper balance between the liberal arts and sciences, 
on the one hand, and career preparation on the other is 
not always easy to achieve. Increased opportunities for 
internships in government, business and education are 
one response of the last eight years. Another related 
area of preparation for life is that of the balance between 
academic pressure or competition in college and the 
freedom or opportunity to find oneself. It is possible to 
make the academic experience too intense, and we have 
probably all heard horror stories about pre-med students 
at other institutions. Similarly, there is the balance to 
be maintained between an emphasis on women's 
concerns and a far-out women's lib atmosphere. How 
much consciousness raising is needed? When does it 
become self-destructive? I'm afraid there is no clear 
answer. 

We on the faculty were glad to receive an endorsement 
for independent studies, senior seminars, interdisci- 
plinary programs, offerings in the creative arts, and 
study abroad. These possibilities seem important to us. 
It was even reassuring to hear from a few insightful souls 
that a poor course may have a value. Likewise, we 
welcome your understanding for and encouragement 
of faculty research. This activity too has a price tag. but 
its promotion will help us secure and retain better 
scholars. And you want not only better scholars but also 
better-known speakers on campus. Here the Sue Reid 
Slaughter Fund, administered, as you know, by the 
Alumnae Association with a faculty committee, is an 
immense help. Other measures to enhance the lectures 
schedule are being undertaken. You also call for more 
meaningful evaluation of faculty members and instruc- 
tion by students. In early November the department 
chairmen met with the President and Dean on this topic, 
and they will have met again in December to pursue 
it further. In the meantime I can assure you that there 
is evaluation by students, but it is not always as 
systematic or well coordinated as we might wish. 

This report would not be complete or fair without 
mention of some problem areas. Concern has been 
expressed — and this come from graduates of several 
different years — about students' attitudes toward the 
academic side of college. Many students are not as 



serious as we would like or as you who were top students 
might like, but this is hardly a condition unique to Sweet 
Briar. We have some very good students, very serious 
ones, and they usually find each other, which is im- 
portant for their sense of community. Individual faculty 
members also seek to encourage them. The Sweet Briar 
Scholars program has helped in this regard as well. It 
is true that SAT scores are not as high as they were ten 
or twenty years ago, but they have held fairly constant 
in the last few years and do not compare unfavorably 
with our sister women's colleges in Virginia. We would 
like them to be comparable with the most select 
independent colleges and universities, that is, the Ivy 
League schools and certain others whom we could all 
name but would rather not. We face a real challenge, 
and some of you have pointed out this fact to me, in 
competing with Dartmouth, Princeton, Williams. Yale 
and other schools. We were not competing with these 
particular schools a dozen years ago, but they are 
serious competition today along with the traditional 
competition of the leading women's colleges. I am 
persuaded that the decision of several leading men's 
colleges to go co-ed has done much more to call into 
question single-sex education than the decision of some 
women's colleges to do so. How do we compete? How 
do we get top secondary school students to consider 
Sweet Briar as well as Wesleyan and the others? 

Two other problem areas which emerge from the 
questionnaire are geographical isolation and high 
cost. I don't get the impression that physical isolation is a 
major drawback. Most students find a way to get to 
where they want to be, and the beauty of the campus is 
surely a compensating factor. Nevertheless, we do not 
have many of the cultural advantages of a metropolitan 
location, and we must in turn develop and promote the 
advantages of being in the country. Environmental 
studies and outdoor activities are two ways in which this 
is being done. High cost, unfortunately, is a fact of life 
for private higher education. So also is the inflation 
which guarantees a still higher cost next year. A larger 
student body would help the cost factor; so would a 
slightly smaller faculty. However, very few reductions 
can be achieved in faculty size apart from programmatic 
cuts. Possibly the very largest departments could absorb 
a reduction in staff by a fraction of a position or even a 
whole position; in general, cuts in faculty would produce 
less variety in courses and programs and fairly directly 
the elimination of one or more majors. To be concrete 
and cite an example which I hope no one would permit 
to occur, my department, religion, could not offer a 
major with a single teacher, and we are not the only two- 
member department. It is possible that fractional 
reductions can be accomplished by greater dependence 
on the offerings at Randolph -Macon Woman's College 
and Lynchburg College, but will we be able to sell such 



arrangements to prospective students? 

In viewing the cost of a Sweet Briar education it is 
essential to keep in mind that we do provide a kind of 
personal attention which is becoming rare in higher 
education. Indeed the large, more prestigious and more 
expensive private universities are often so oriented to 
graduate and professional study that they don't provide 
undergraduates the attention we give ours. It is also 
essential to know that the part of the cost which goes for 
room and board is about the same at every college 
whether public or private and that financial aid is 
generally more available and comes in larger amounts to 
the private college. Few, if any, of the applicants ad- 
mitted to Sweet Briar fail to receive the amount of 
financial aid indicated by the College Scholarship 
Service, the national agency for assessing family need 
in this regard. My plea, if pleas are permitted in these 
pages, is to talk to us, that is, to our financial aid officer, 
before ruling out Sweet Briar because it is too expensive. 
You may miss the educational opportunity of your 
daughter's life. 

Finally, let me say a bit about a matter closely 
related to student body and faculty size and to the 
cost of higher education, a matter which the Planning 
Commission devoted considerable attention to and 
which many of you have addressed in your question- 
naires, and a matter which you have all generously 
contributed to for many years. I refer to faculty salaries. 
Faculty salaries at Sweet Briar are good for an 
institution of our size and type. We rank roughly just 
inside the upper third of colleges without graduate or 
professional degree programs. They are not good in 
comparison with universities, whether public or private, 
nor with public community college systems; the gap for 
full professors in these comparisons ranges from $3,000 
to $7,000. if we were to have the same percentile ranking. 
We are fully reconciled, however, to living within our 
means and within our own category of institution. The 
Planning Commission does recommend that we seek 
to achieve an overall compensation level for full, 
associate and assistant professors which will put us in 
the top twenty percent. By my calculation to have done 
so in 1976-77 for the number of full-time professors at 
these three ranks would have cost $47,520. In 1977-78 
it would have cost $74,460. But please bear in mind 
that this makes no allowance for proportionate increases 
for part-time faculty members, administrative officers, 
and other employees of the College. For 1977-78 the 
minimum compensation (salary and fringe benefits) 
for the three instructional ranks necessary to be in the 
top twenty percent among our category of colleges (the 
American Association of University Professors 1 -rating) 
was: $25,220, $20,360, and $16,890. 1 think we may all 
share the concern that other colleges with whom we like 
to compare ourselves and with whom we compete for 



students have achieved this level. It would be a 
reasonable guess that these levels will move up six 
percent or so in the current academic year, and Sweet 
Briar's have done even better without, however, closing 
the remaining gap. 

I have addressed many of the concerns of long-range 
planning here. By implication I have suggested how 
important self-evaluation and planning are to this 
college. Let me close by noting that the self-study process 
for reaccreditation in which we are engaged this aca- 
demic year and the first half of next under the chairman- 
ship of Milan Hapala will also help us plan for the future. 
Already the individual departments have examined 



their offerings, their staffs, and their future needs. 
Already a thorough questionnaire has been completed 
by virtually all of the faculty, administration and 
students. The activity of mutual consultation within our 
constituency continues, and each of you may be a part 
of it. Indeed, if you did not take time to complete the 
questionnaire last year, it is not too late. I can promise 
to read each one with care and to pass ideas along to 
others. If the number warrants, we shall make a fresh 
tabulation of the new returns, and I shall report this 
to the Alumnae Council next fall. We want your interest 
and support, we need it, and we thank you for all you 
have shown already. 



Summary of Alumnae Survey Results (%) 

Reflecting on \ our years at SBC and the value of a Sweet Briar education to you, please give your opinion about each of the following. 



Classes thru 1949 

Academic program 

Teaching quality 

Academic advising 

Career Counseling 

Extracurricular activities 

Personal Counseling 

Social Life 

Preparation for grad. or prof, study 

Choice of Majors available 

Comprehensive exam 

Winter Term 

Student/faculty relations 

Physical facilities: 

Library 

Labs 

Studios, art or music 

Physical Education 
Personal growth as an individual 
Intellectual development 
Appreciation of the arts 
Professional career /employment 
Preparation for community leadership 27 

Classes from 1950-1969 
Academic program 
Teaching quality 
Academic advising 
Career counseling 
Extracurricular activities 
Personal counseling 
Social life 
Preparation for grad. or prof. 

study 
Choice of majors available 
Comprehensive exam 
Winter Term 
Student/faculty relations 



Out- 








No 


standing Good Fair Poor C 


~)pinic 


38 


41 


1 


1 





30 


44 


6 






11 


17 


28 


11 


8 


4 




11 


24 


24 


27 


32 


9 


5 


3 


6 


12 


9 


19 


17 


16 


33 


17 


4 


4 


15 


20 


9 


3 


15 


4 


40 


12 


1 


5 


10 


13 


1 


1 


15 
14 


42 


25 


9 


3 




19 


45 


4 


2 


3 


5 


24 


12 


8 


15 


7 


18 


11 


8 


19 


17 


28 


8 


9 


9 


34 


32 


10 


3 




23 


41 


9 


3 




24 


32 


12 


4 


4 


11 


19 


12 


6 


5 


lip 27 


26 


8 


7 


7 


68 


68 


9 






67 


8 








11 


48 


53 


21 


8 


4 


3 


30 


75 


30 


38 


56 


31 


8 


10 


9 


24 


21 


40 


44 


22 


68 


31 


20 


4 


38 


51 


16 


9 


26 


31 


74 


20 


9 


6 


32 


49 


11 


5 


24 


3 








36 


61 


65 


15 


3 


1 



Classes from 1950-1969 (com.) 
Physical facilities 



Out- No 

standing Good Fair Poor Opinion 



Library 


42 


87 


12 


1 


1 


Labs 


14 


61 


27 


4 


29 


Studios, art or music 


19 


50 


18 


6 


42 


Physical Education 


20 


62 


39 


5 


9 


Personal growth as an individual 


48 


68 


20 


6 


2 


Intellectual development 


49 


82 


10 


3 


1 


Appreciation of the arts 


55 


57 


26 


6 


1 


Professional career/employment 


19 


36 


39 


28 


13 


Preparation for community 












leadership 


50 


41 


30 


8 


15 


Classes from 1970 












Academic Program 


40 


30 


8 






Teaching Quality 


31 


40 


7 






Academic Advising 


14 


21 


22 


17 


4 


Career Counseling 


1 


5 


17 


45 


9 


Extracurricular activities 


15 


33 


17 


7 


4 


Personal Counseling 


6 


14 


17 


21 


17 


Social life 


11 


32 


21 


13 


1 


Preparation for grad. or prof. 












study 


23 


23 


10 


6 


3 


Choice of majors 


15 


39 


15 


6 


2 


Comprehensive exam 


16 


20 


10 


7 


16 


Winter Term 


33 


10 


2 


2 


12 


Student/faculty relations 


34 


39 


1 


1 


1 


Physical Facilities 












Library 


31 


35 


10 


1 


2 


Labs 


25 


31 


6 


2 


13 


Studios, art or music 


14 


25 


8 


3 


23 


Physical education 


13 


37 


13 


7 


7 


Personal growth 


29 


33 


11 


4 




Intellectual development 


30 


39 


7 


2 




Appreciation of the arts 


26 


33 


14 


2 


2 


Professional career /employment 


13 


23 


18 


16 


6 


Preparation for community 












leadership 


18 


29 


13 


5 


10 



Founders' Day Address 1978 

What is College For? 



by Josiah Bunting, III 



Your gracious president, Harold Whiteman, invited 
me here, and I accepted his invitation with much 
pleasure. I first visited Sweet Briar fifteen or twenty 
years ago, around this time of year, early October. I 
was a freshman at college in Lexington, Virginia, and 
not at Washington and Lee (or, as they call it, Dubyanell). 
I remember that visit to Sweet Briar with chilling, 
preternatural clarity: so unsuccessful was it, so intimi- 
dated were my friends and I by the celebrated ambiance 
of this sprawling arboreous place supposedly the 
collegiate station of the cross for famous wits and 
heiresses, fabulously beautiful ingenues from Texas and 
other southern places. I remember how miserable we 
cadets were, how unappreciative and uncompassionate 
we thought Sweet Briar girls were towards us. (In I960 
there was no discussion of whether the students were 
ladies, young women, girls or persons, which shows the 
era did some things sensibly: nowadays I understand it 
is the form to congratulate new mothers, when 
appropriate, on having given birth to "baby young 
women.") Anyway, the girls welcomed us to mixers as 
a Newport hostess might acknowledge one's arrival, 
an hour late, for tea. But of course your predecessors 
were as puzzled and bemused by us as we were terrified 
ofthem. 

I don't know if cadets from VMI come here any more. 
A number of irritating problems make it difficult for 
the younger ones to visit. In my day it was almost pro- 
hibitively difficult. Young people did not easily engage 
in any case: they fenced, jousted, delivered ambitious 
monologues about their ambitions, and felt guilt. For 
cadets there were other dismal vexations: we could not 
drink at all, nor smoke in a public place; we could 
neither own nor drive cars nor wear civilian clothing. 
We had to be back in Lexington by midnight on pain 
of truly harsh punishment; we suffered unattractive 
nervous disorders of the skin, particularly the facial skin, 
and wore the unspeakable haircuts the regulations 
demanded, the kind of haircut Robert deNiro wears in 
Taxi Driver or that which might identify a patient after 



treatment for scalp lice. We did not smell good, either, 
after two hours in a 1946 school bus negotiating the 
perilous macadam curlicues and whorls of Route 60 
from Buena Vista to Amherst. I remember some curves 
were so remorselessly sharp that you could see each side 
of a regular four-sided farmhouse as you went around it. 
It would become hot in our ridiculous conveyance, 
lurching and gagging with each shift of gears. Cadets 




President of Hampden Sydney College, Virginia, Josiah Bunting, HI, 
was graduated from VMI in 1963 with honors in English, third in a 
class of 180. At VMI he was first captain of the Corps of Cadets, 
captain of the varsity swimming team, president of the Timmons Music 
Society and associate editor of The Cadet. As a Rhodes Scholar, 
Bunting went to Christ Church, Oxford, where he earned B.A. and 
M.A. degrees in history in 1966. 

He served as an officer in the U. S. Army, 1966-1972, and was assistant 
professor in the Departments of Social Services and History at West 
Point. From there he went to the U. S. Naval War College, where he was 
acting head of the Department of Strategy. From 1973 to 1977 he was 
president of Briarcliff College. 

President Bunting is the author of The Lionheads and articles 
published by the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Harper's, 
Playboy, Esquire and the Commonweal. 



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in the back would get sick. It is always people in the 
backs of buses and cars who become ill. 

As first -year men we owned only one or two uniforms, 
and though we used to rub Aqua Velva into them, it 
didn't really do the job. Also we were required to wear 
over-the-calf garters, which kept falling down, or off, 
and our gray uniforms not only did not have natural 
shoulders, they did not have pockets. Frightened, 
nervous young men particularly need pockets; without 
them they are reduced to walking around with their 
hands clasped behind their backs. All right for Prince 
Charles or Halston but not for military cadets. 

One could make the catalogue thicker, could 
animadvert to those with whom we thought we com- 
peted, languid laid-back young men (boys) from Virginia 
and UNC and, of course, Dubyanell. They were tweedy, 
had Austin-Healeys and liquor, cigarettes, no curfews, 
pockets and friends. Marijuana had not in that 
pleistocene age been invented, though Aldous Huxley 
had guessed at its existence, but I'm sure those rivals 
would have known where to get it if it had been. 
Presumably the penalty for possession at VMI, in I960, 
would have been several consecutive life sentences. 

Later on I married a female person from a woman's 
college outside of Roanoke. I read her fund-raising mail 
from this institution and have also read John Updike's 
novel, Bech — A Book, much of it perhaps set here at 
Sweet Briar. So I keep up with women's colleges. I even 
worked at one once. 

Here I pause, preparatory to launching into that 
part of a speech known as the message. No matter 
how sophisticated or cerebral, we cannot bear long 
speeches. We need to remind ourselves, both speaker 
and speakee, of Ambrose Bierce's wicked definition 
of a bore: "Someone who talks when I wish to talk." 
I am afraid that my topic "What is College For?" 
must seem both boring and conceptually naive. Scholars 
and creative people are put off by it; parents routinely 
misunderstand its premises; administrators spend all 
their time running from one airplane to another in their 
wild forays after more and more money. Rarely do they 
think about what they're doing. (A great recent exception 
was Robert Goheen at Princeton, who hid in a library 
office one-half day a week to think.) Businesses think 
they know what college should be for: it is to train 
ambitious young people habituated to asking how? but 
not why?! The television networks and the public — more 
particularly the alumni of many colleges — see their 
institutions as the loci of frenzied athletic spectacle, of 
athletic competition and collegial success which often 
induces grown men to steal and cheat or cry with joy 
and rage. (While I'm on the subject, incidentally, I 
hope the University of Virginia loses ten thousand 
football games in a row before it amends or abridges 



its entrance requirements to permit the unqualified to 
enroll.) 

You students must think about the question, however. 
"The unexamined life is not worth living," as every 
freshman knows, and despite the manifold and ruthless 
pressures which conspire to force you to think that your 
undergraduate years are years of preparation for 
graduate schools or business or whatever-these things 
notwithstanding-(or in spite of them), do not forget 
Pasternak's reminder that "education ispart of life as 
much as preparation for life." I mean "education" now 
in its formal and restrictive sense, as a "college educa- 
tion." Do not, until the latest possible juncture, allow 
yourselves to be advised to take thus-and-such a course 
because it is required by some graduate school or 
encouraged by a corporation for which you may wish to 
work. If there is one thing that college is not for, it is for 
service as a training ground for business or graduate 
school. Take a course, visit a gallery, perform an experi- 
ment, write a poem, not for what material advantage 
such things may ultimately confer, if any, but because 
such activities are good in and of themselves, because 
you wish to do them or (of course) because the program 
in which you have carefully enrolled yourself requires 
you to do them. 

It is not the purpose of your four years at Sweet 
Briar that your minds be trained but that you be 
educated. This distinction between training and educa- 
tion is absolutely fundamental, though it is not, funda- 
mentally, an absolute one. It seems to be that training 
implies habituating people to doing things with un- 
thinking facility, with as little active intellectual en- 
gagement as possible. Someone being trained to "run" 
a computer or "run" a train or "run" an agency is be- 
ing accustomed, obviously, to learn how to run these 
things, but not why they should be run. The trained 
person is skillful in the execution of assigned duties; 
the educated person understands the ultimate purposes 
to which her skills in her job will be put, how what she 
does in her business or her profession combines with, 
informs, refines, contributes to what others are doing. 
The educated college teacher, let us say, in English lit- 
erature, does not ignore or discountenance the scholar- 
ship and pedagogy of the chemistry or history pro- 
fessor: rather she sees the larger object at which both 
are aiming. 

College is "for," therefore, this fundamental reason: 
To get students used to asking why. To make them 
skeptics, to make them hungry for evidence, habitually 
inquisitive and curious, both relishing what an his- 
torian once called the "joy of learning singular things." 
and educated to relate those things to things already 
noticed and known. And there is no necessary anti- 
pathy, no conflict between the acquirement of skills, to 



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use that ghastly phrase, learning "marketable skills," 
and being an educated person. The inquisitive person, 
the why-sayer, need be no recluse or crank: she may be 
what the English call "awkward" or "difficult," but, 
considering what is gained, the loss is insignificant. 

What else is college for? Two other things in 
particular. The first of these is related to the 
development of a skeptical or inquiring temper. A four 
years' undergraduate education, a liberal education, 
should get young people used to thinking things 
through, to thinking at length, to ruminating, if you 
will. The capacity for sustained hard thinking is the 
most difficult of all acquirements to develop and sus- 
tain — or perhaps the most difficult but one: the reali- 
zation and sustenance of a religious faith. Something 
there is in the human character which does not like to 
think hard and long, which predisposes it to spear, if it 
can, the bright gash of inspiration which lights the 
mind suddenly, as lightening lights a dismal char- 
acterless landscape. Equally something which does not 
like to address the consequences and ramifications of 
those blazing flashes. The ability for sustained hard 
thinking is a quality which the educated young person 
must bring to his duties as a citizen of this foundering 
republic, in which most of us do not so much as even 
exercise the voting franchise for which our forebearers, 
particularly our Virginia forebearers, sacrificed their 
fortunes and their lives. How many educated citizens 
who sneer alternately at the controverted incompe- 
tence of President Carter and the simplistic nostrums 
of the Republican leaders — how many have stared 
cold-eyed at these people and their policies? How many 
have thought through the possible consequences of 
large arm sales to the Saudis or the decision not to 
build the B-l bomber, or wage-and-price controls? 

Properly conceived, a four years' education with a 
sound insistence on supervised work in history and lit- 
erature, mathematics and the sciences, the fine arts, 
will predispose a student towards thinking deeply, per- 
haps, decisively, about issues great and small, civic and 
familial, political and aesthetic. The student of history, 
especially political history, will learn prudence and 
forebearance in judging contemporary affairs, will 
learn again the maddening intractability of contempor- 



ary political problems, which those in government must 
address without perspective, with emotions inflamed, 
tired, and sometimes disillusioned. The student of 
mathematics will acquire the habit of rigorous, logical, 
orderly precise thinking, systematic thinking (for 
which, incidentally, so many little girls have been told 
they are unsuited — that is, for the study of any mathe- 
matics, that work in these disciplines in almost wholly 
the province of adult males!). 

I am led to speak also of what is called quality. We 
have drawn the distinction between education and 
training, insisted on the development of the curious 
and inquiring intellect and,, next, of the mind which 
can think at length with logic and without debilitating 
fatigue. The mind which can discern, which has de- 
veloped a canon by which to measure quality, a taste, a 
taste for quality and an insistence on it — this too is 
something which a college should labor to educate. 
American popular consumptive culture and mores in 
1978 are an ugly texture of the tasteless, the sham, the 
tawdry, the gimcrack. We are grotesquely self-absorbed 
and self-conscious, and we are even more self-indul- 
gent. Self-indulgent particularly in getting and spend- 
ing. 

We do not insist that the material goods which make 
our lives comfortable, and perhaps even elegant, be 
only beautiful but also functional; but are not the most 
beautiful objects of utility those most suited to func- 
tion? Yet how suited to function are the perfectly hide- 
ous hulking automobiles which we manufacture and 
sell at the rate of ten million a year to persons who 
cannot afford them and so lose themselves in debt to 
possess objects monstrous in their ugliness of design, 
inefficiency of performance and shabbiness of con- 
struction. Notice our collective preoccupation with 
labels, or logos as they are called: our insistence that 
they be put not on the inside but on the outside of our 
clothing, our luggage — speaking of which, I submit 
that the dullish-brown and red-clay motif, with logos, 
and the ghastly Naugahyde fabric of which it is made, 
combine to make Louis Vuitton luggage the worst-de- 
signed and manufactured object cynically produced for 
the status-conscious since the so-called sack dress. 

Quality. Each new novel of modest merit is greeted 
with accolades once reserved for Henry James. That 
which the television networks serve the American peo- 



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pie is alternating trash and pulp of a character so 
sleazy as never to lose its capacity to astonish. Popular 
music, the febrile self-conscious climate of the so-called 
disco-generation, the tyrannizing of the marketplace 
over all other forces making for how popular culture is 
nourished and changed: all this, in a phrase of 
Newman's, a vision "to dizzy and appall." 



If you think I am being too harsh — do you 
remember the exchange on taste between Boswell 
and Johnson, when the former suggested that those 
with cultivated tastes for quality in things were cursed 
to lives of perpetual disappointment and irritation, 
because so little of what is said and written and made 
is able to measure up? Johnson: "Nay, Sir, that is a 
paltry notion." Of course it is paltry. Boswell was no 
doubt pulling Johnson's leg, as he loved to do, ginger- 
ly, but he speaks for the generality of Americans now 
breathing, for this generation of spectators, fans, 
passive participants who like their pleasures without 
strings. 

Canons, classics, quality, touchstones — college — here 
is where should be provided an orderly introduction to 
works of literature, music and art, designs which have 
satisfied the only infallible criterion to be accounted 
classics: the test of time and generations — col- 
lege — here is where the foundations of your aptitude 
for quality must be laid, and with as much care for 
balance as for depth. 

And last: we need to be able to travel with an at 
least tolerable discomfort in "that speculative area 
where doubt lives"; we must understand, and ever be 
vigilant against, the almost overwhelming temptations 
to slake our own thirst with simple answers to ques- 
tions either complex or unanswerable. Irony, doubt, 
self-doubt, a cultivated taste for what is risible or ab- 
surd in our own behavior, "negative capability" (a 
phrase that surely resonates among lettered scholars in 
a college like this) — all these qualities of character, of 
mind: their birth and development in an undergrad- 
uate education at Sweet Briar, or any college, is essen- 
tial; these are things that may immunize us against the 
worst sin of all, and the most devastating of our na- 
tional sins: self-righteousness. 



The novelist Walker Percy, following Kierkegaard, 
writes of characters weighed down by the burden of 
their "everydayness." Typically, in sharp private epiph- 
anies, they became suddenly aghast at this everyday- 
ness, the dulling and galling round of ceaseless com- 
mitments, requirements, routine things to be done to 
live, to live in "society," getting the children, driving to 
work, paying the sitter, being bored at work, doing the 
wash, soliciting for the Red Cross, taking Tylenol for a 
cold, reading a paper, getting up from the TV for a 
drink, walking down a gray street in the bleak month 
of windy March, candy wrappers blowing around, the 
grass a brown stubble, getting the car fixed, going 
through the motions of a job — get the picture? You 
students have fifty or sixty years of this ahead of you. 
Do not think having lots of money will immunize you 
from it. Yes, of course, you have much more. You have 
faith perhaps, and love, and families to love, paintings 
to do and in which to take ineffable delight, Proust 
and Homer, Goethe, Faulkner, Tolstoi, Jane Austen to 
read, Chopin and Bach to play, the astonishing unbe- 
lievably dense variety and thickness of sentient and in- 
tellectual and social existence to be caught up by, 
fascinated by, stunned by, fulfilled perhaps and made 
happy by. And this at last is what College is For, to 
help you help yourselves develop a consciousness of the 
world through which you move which is sharper, more 
acute in its registrations than any photographic film 
yet dreamed of, to help you see the manifold and 
manic energies of its peoples — how they think and feel 
and act, what help they need and whether you can sup- 
ply it. "Life means intensely and it means good," wrote 
Browning. This line is adduced by scholars as naif, but 
it is not — life will "mean good" precisely as you are 
willing to embrace it, as you are able to look for and 
find the varieties which delight, the questions which 
your education will help you answer, the people to 
know and never to hate. 

That is all. Training distinguished from education. 
The cultivated capacity for sustained hard thinking. 
The ability to recognize and insist upon quality. The 
capacity to doubt, to live in ambiguity. The developed 
habit or predisposition of knowing how to find what 
interests, delights, absorbs. Tolerance. College is for 
these things. I hope it also will make you want to pitch 
in and help solve our problems! 



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Forty Shades of Green 

by Julia S. de Coligny '34 





Two scenes — one urban, the other rural — that evoke thoughts of Ire- 
land in the minds of man; of us who have never visited the Emerald 
Isle. 



Had there been just a hint of clanking chains, I 
could have sworn that the DC 10 departing 
from Dulles on July 24 loaded with 375 passengers was 
a slave ship. Wrong. It was a college group on pleasure 
bent for seven days in Ireland. It was composed of peo- 
ple of every size, shape, age and interest not only from 
Sweet Briar but from Washington & Lee, Hollins, Ran- 
dolph-Macon, VMI, Georgetown, and the State De- 
partment to name a few. The Sweet Briar contingent 
ranged from a family with three small boys, their 
parents and grandmother on their way to a family re- 
union in Cork to an 82-year-old whose Sweet Briar 
granddaughter had had to cancel at the last minute. 
Our bags were ticketed with three different colors 
which sent members of the group in three direc- 
tions — to Dublin, to Limerick and to Tralee. The first 
stop for each was for three nights, the other two for 
two nights. Sweet Briar's group went first to Tralee. 
We had a swinging party early in our stay there to get 
acquainted with each other. After that nobody lacked 
for companionship, if they wanted it, and if any were 
unhappy or dissatisfied they certainly kept it to them- 
selves. 

There was a choice of trip or event for every waking 
moment with restful, informative rides on those lovely, 
wide-windowed, air-conditioned buses in the capable 
hands of driver and hostess who were equipped with 
facts of Irish history, readings from Irish writers, tapes 



of Irish tenors, folklore, jokes and songs. Or there was 
a limited number of small rental cars which could go 
down the narrower roads to the Gallorus Oratory and 
other ancient landmarks by the sea. 

The countryside we saw extended to the westernmost 
tips of the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula 
down to Cork and Blarney and north to Connemara. 
With almost no trees in the foreground to hide the dis- 
tant view, the land lay out on either side like a green 
patchwork quilt with hedges or stone fences bordering 
the patches. They say there are 40 shades of green in 
Ireland, governed by the amount of limestone in the 
soil, and it rains some part of every day. Some of the 
little villages through which we passed were like the 
best of illustrations in children's books with pastel- 
colored concrete houses, thatched roofs, immaculate 
dooryards with clipped hedges and well weeded borders 
full of gaily colored flowers under small windows with 
lace curtains. And almost every other house had a "B 
& B" sign out front. Such a town was Adare, through 
which we passed on our way from the airport in that 
state of semi-consciousness between U. S. and Irish 
time when daylight has come upon you before the com- 
fort of darkness was fully enjoyed. We stumbled out 
like puppets on command and took pictures before we 
had any standard of comparison, but I'm glad we did, 
because Adare remained a standout, and we never 
traveled the same path twice. 



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It was as if we had been transported back centuries 
in time. We saw some castle ruins in meadows 
where sheep grazed, others in villages, being used as 
side walls for present day shops. Old men in their 
black suits with their fair skin and rosy cheeks seemed 
to have endless time to sit in small groups or alone, 
just staring at the stone fences. Some we met on the 
road with their carts or their jaunties or driving a herd 
of cattle. They always made a gesture of greeting — of- 
ten a mechanical salute like a wooden soldier — but a 
greeting nonetheless. There is a road machine in con- 
stant use to clip the dark red fuchsia which grows in 
profusion on both sides of the road. We passed little 
barrel-shaped, horse-drawn caravans made famous by 
the gypsies and now, still brightly painted, used by 
young tourists on holiday. There were palm trees, wild 
flowers, hummingbirds. I never dreamed it would be 
tropical because I had forgotten about the Gulf 
Stream. I remember the soft colors of the lichen on the 
stones used for fences along the top of the Cliffs of 
Moher, that 700-foot drop-off to the Atlantic Ocean 
where O'Brien's Keep Tower and Hag's Head provide 
spooky reminders of the ancient times in Ireland when 
natives were on a constant look-out for invaders from 
the sea. 

It didn't take long to find out that everything I had 
heard or read about the Irish was true! Their eyes are 
smiling and they are warm, wonderful people whose 
funny stories are enhanced by the charm of their hu- 
mility and self-ridicule. They are full of music and 
dancing and the joy of companionship. They are so de- 
lighted with the sharp rise in tourism, which is now 
second only to the dairy industry in importance to their 
economy, that everybody connected with our travels 
seemed dedicated to keeping things pleasant, no mat- 
ter what short tempers our fatigue might have induced. 
An example of this happened when I steamed into the 
CIE sight-seeing bus station, frantic and exhausted 
from being lost and afraid I would miss my one chance. 
I stumbled past the driver and blurted, "Would 
you please wait for me to get my ticket?" He looked 
down at me with a twinkle and said unperturbedly, "I 
will wait for you forever, dearie." Whereupon he 
boarded his bus and drove away. But he knew there was 
a second bus waiting, and he had exerted the calming 
influence I needed. 

They love to laugh. The clean, funny stories I 
collected came just as often from those told by 
the bus host during traffic tie-ups as from Hal Roach, 
the famous "Seannachie" at Jury's Irish Cabaret. They 
love to dance. I can still see those unforgettable young 
Irish girls and boys with their pleated, embroidered, 
gaily-colored skirts, weskits and blouses, their straight 



backs, nimble feet and noisy clogs in perfect rhythm 
with that happy music made on the tin whistle, accor- 
dion and fiddle. 

Because everything is closed in Dublin on Sunday, 
some of us hired a taxi and went south of Dublin to 
the Vale of Avoca, the Wicklow Mountains and an- 
other whole feast of natural beauty. That left only one 
day for discovering Dublin City, walking through St. 
Stephens' Park to Grafton Street for shopping, taking 
the sightseeing bus for a visit to Trinity College and 
the Rare Book Room where we saw the Book of Kells 
and other treasures, a stop at St. Patrick's Cathedral 
where the choir boys were in rehearsal, having a chance 
to buy an Irish Sweepstakes ticket at the home of- 
fice, having a view of the President's house in the Park 
where herds of reindeer clustered on the green and 
privately-owned cows grazed and pruned the lawn and 
trees owned by the government! When the long day 
drew to an end and we found ourselves sipping Irish 
coffee in the Abbey Theatre during intermission of 
Shaw's You Never Can Tell with old friends (of a 
week!), it was as if we were in our own home town. 

We had seen life in action all the way across 
Ireland, from the fishermen repairing their nets 
on the concrete docks curving out into the Atlantic 
Ocean near Cloghan, to young families harvesting peat 
on The Burren, to medieval tours in restored castles, to 
shopping for Aran sweaters, Waterford Crystal, Belleek 
porcelain and hand-woven blankets. We could even 
have kissed the Blarney Stone, if that was what we 
went for. Not all of us did everything, but some of us 
came pretty close. There had been something for all of 
us, and no one seemed to interfere with anyone else's 
pleasure. That was a tribute not only to the planners 
but to the participants. 

Sweet Briar has offered 26 trips to its alumnae and 
their families and there have been approximately 
800 different people who have traveled with us — some 
as many as four or five times. The next trip on the 
docket is London in May. The College has no purpose 
in offering these trips except the enjoyment of its 
alumnae. Other institutions may plan trips which ex- 
tend for a longer time, cost more money, may be more 
luxurious, but many of our travelers would not be able 
to go under these circumstances. I am sure we would 
admit that what we did in those seven days could have 
been stretched over three weeks. The pace rendered us 
null and void for an appreciable period after our re- 
turn, but we had gotten a remarkably thorough samp- 
ling of The Republic of Ireland. While we were reading 
of lay-bys and slow-downs and hotel scarcities among 
other travelers, we were thankful to be safe in our 
agent's arms, bag and baggage. 



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The Armistice 

To the Editor: 

... In November 1918. I was going on 14 and 
was a student in the fifth form of the Gym- 
nasium in Strasbourg, Alsace. Living in the 
"Sperrgebiet," i.e., the extended war zone, 
we boys at age 12 had to carry our own 
passports with full (adult) responsibility for 
our actions and could not be out-of-doors 
after the 9 p.m. curfew nor pass through 
the city gates without it. When a detail from 
our school returned from the R.R. station, 
which that day had been turned into a 
giant emergency hospital due to the arrival 
of several trainloads of wounded, our 
principal addressed us saying "you are boys 
no longer, you are men now." 

For months before the Armistice, when 
the wind was right, our windows would 
rattle from the incessant drumfire of the 
approaching front and, on moonlit nights, 
we would be prepared to go to the cellar 
when the air raid sirens started their wails. 
In those days, pilots still dropped modified 
artillery shells strapped to the side of the 
cockpit and, in Strasbourg, their targets 
were mainly the railroad bridges and station 
and the Maison Rouge hotel, headquarters 
of the commanding general of the southern 
sector. At that the German anti-aircraft 
shrapnel did more damage to the tile roofs 
than the Allied bombs which mostly were 
near misses. 

The two weeks before that Monday the 
eleventh were very tumultuous ones. The 
German Nayy, when ordered to the high 
seas for a do-or-die attack on the British 
naval base at Scapa Flow, had mutinied 
and hundreds of sailors had scattered 
through the Reich and formed Soldiers 
Councils which disregarded orders from 
their officers and stripped them of their 
authority. After having had to show excessive 
deference in the streets to members of the 
officers corps, it was quite a gratifying sight 
now to see German senior officers running 
for their lives trying to escape roving Soldiers 
Council details bent on ripping off their 
insignia, tassels and brass buttons, or, in the 
case of general staff officers, the red stripe 
down the outside of their pants legs. 

That Monday morning at eleven a.m. we 
were, of course, in school but before too 
long we were dismissed for the duration 
because our German professors had to 
scramble to get their families and their 
belongings out of Alsace within the eleven 
days that the Armistice terms had allotted 
the German army to retreat across the 
Rhine. During our extended vacation we 
watched the ceaseless stream of army com- 
ponents going toward the Rhine, or we 
watched the preparations made for the 
welcome of the French army, or watched the 
populace pillaging the quartermaster depots 
and "liberate" white flour and other edibles 
that had not been available even with ration 
cards. 



Meanwhile my oldest brother, a veteran of 
Verdun, was lying in a hospital in Wiesbaden 
and had himself appointed to the Soldiers 
Council where one of his first acts was to 
issue to himself a pass to cross the Rhine and 
return home. My second brother was 
stationed in Strasbourg, as a member of a 
sappers company, building and maintaining 
pontoon bridges to augment the capacity 
of the two Rhine bridges. One night he 
showed up with a half dozen of his comrades, 
one of whom had somehow secured a copy 
of the rubber-stamped Soldiers Council 
pass. With the type roughly matching that 
of my toy printing outfit, they had me copy 
the pass and had my nine-year-old brother 
sign them with a childishly scrawled "Sailor 
Hummel." 

On the morning of the twenty-second, 
the last components of German troops left 
Strasbourg by the East gate, while the 
French Fourth Division made its triumphal 
entry through the Faubourg National in the 
west, to pass in review before its commander, 
the one-armed General Gouraud, standing 
on the steps of the erstwhile Imperial Palace, 
now the Palais du Rhin. (On my clip board 
hangs a postcard of that event showing my 
father standing on the reviewing stand 
behind the general, as President de la 
Chambre des Arts et Metiers.) 

A few days later, I witnessed the triumphal 
entry of Marshall Petain, and a few weeks 
later that of President Poincare, from the 
window of my uncle's office in the Town 
Hall on the Place Broglie, where he was 
acting city manager, as his immediate 
superiors had all fled with the retreating 
German army. 

By the end of November school had re- 
sumed but, except for a few Alsatian hold- 
overs, we had new teachers every two weeks 
as the various French divisions were rotated 
through the regained provinces and our 
teachers were drawn from their officer 
corps. Until the end of the semester we were 
allowed to write in German or French. But 
before long all answers had to be in French 
in all subjects — in my case about a dozen, 
including trig, chem, physics, English, 
geography and history, where we found out 
that the German idol, Karl the Great, was 
none other than the great French idol, 
Charlemagne. For those of us who had been 
forbidden to speak French during the war, 
this was an effort to get back into the swim, 
but for some of my classmates it was a real 
struggle. 

Now as to the false armistice and its 
significance. In 1918 there was only one 
radio station available to the press, powerful 
enough to span the Atlantic Ocean — the 
tower in Brest. American war correspon- 
dents stationed in Paris phoned their stories 
to the station in Brest, from where the wireless 
operator dot -dashed them to the USA. 

The operator in Brest received the phone 
call of the false armistice ostensibly from 
Scripps Howard, whose voice he thought he 
recognized. Scripps Howard has always 
denied making that phone call from Paris 
(see his article on the subject in the Reader's 
Digest some time in the mid-thirties). 

So who had an overwhelming interest in 
starting a premature armistice celebration 
in the USA? Most likely the German High 
Command which had petitioned for an 
armistice and, apparently, had a sleeper 
agent in the radio set-up who imitated 
Howard's voice. 



The High Command had forced the 
Emperor to abdicate and had laid careful 
plans to blame him and others for losing the 
war. It wanted to avoid at all cost that the 
Allied forces might continue fighting and 
carry the war to German soil and carry out 
President Poincare's plan to march through 
the Brandenburger Tor the way the Prussians 
had marched through the Arc de Triomphe 
in 1871. 

With the US population dancing in the 
streets in celebration of the false armistice, 
the negotiators were checkmated and, at 
five a.m. that Monday morning, had to 
grant the request for an armistice to become 
effective at 11 a.m. GMT (Daybreak in 
USA). 

With that the GHC had laid the ground 
work for Hitler's later claim that the Ger- 
man army had not been defeated — seeing 
that it had stood deep on foreign soil on 
November 1 1 almost everywhere — but had 
been stabbed in the back by mutinous 
dissidents and, of course, the Jews. And 
thus too, the GHC had set the stage for 
World War II. Its catastrophic miscalcula- 
tion, however, was that it had counted on a 
"Hitler" to come along in due time and "use" 
him, but that it was Hitler who ended up 
"using" the general staff. (Just ask Rommel.) 

If the above GHC caper sounds far- 
fetched, let me bolster it with another GHC 
episode. In 1953-54 I was stationed in Berlin 
as the first Fulbright exchange teacher to 
the city. During free periods at the Schadow 
Gymnasium we faculty members would sit in 
the teachers' library where, on that particular 
day, two younger colleagues, and ex-officers, 
were berating the U.S. forces for their 
delayed entry into Berlin in 1945, for the 
lack of support of the June uprising in 1953 
in East Berlin and other "soft" reactions 
to Russian insults. After enduring their 
jibes for a while, I suggested that so far at 
least the U.S. had not trained its own con- 
queror the way the German general staff had 
trained General Zhukov, the Russian con- 
queror of Berlin. With that the fat was in 
the fire and they insisted on an explanation — 
which I gave, to wit: 

Under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, 
the new German Reichswehr was severely 
restricted in size and not allowed to have 
any air force or tanks. The German general 
staff, however, circumvented these restric- 
tions by making furtive arrangements with 
its erstwhile enemy, Russia, to train their 
cadres surreptitiously on Russian soil. The 
Soviets allowed the Reichswehr to do so, 
provided Russian observers were present. 
The Colonel-in-charge was Zhukov, the 
future conqueror of Berlin. 

My two colleagues, of course, refused to 
believe my story. So, I suggested they ask 
the elderly colleague sitting in an armchair 
near the window who usually kept to himself 
and had been treating me always with great 
reserve. During the war he had been a 
general staff officer. Almost tonelessly, 
Herr von G. told them "Dr. Kirrmann's 
story is correct." 

On second thought you probably were 
right not to ask me where I was on November 
11, 1918. My letter would have used up more 
space than you could spare. 



Ernest N. Kirnnann 

Professor of German, Emeritus 
Madison Heights, VA 24572 



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1911 



Alma Booth Taylor's children and grand- 
children celebrated her 90th birthday on Oc- 
tober 29 with a party. She wrote, "It seems 
amazing that anyone could live so long, and I 
am very gTateful. Sweet Briar must have given 
me quite a boost way back there in 1911." 



1915 



Francis W. Pennypacker and her sister 
Mary Pennypacker Davis '16 are living very 
happily in Pennsylvania at "Kendal at 
Longwood," a Quaker retirement community 
about a mile and a half from Longwood Gar- 
dens and about six from Winterthur Museum. 
Their brother and his wife live in a similar 
community nearby. Frances and Mary 
traveled to Washington in July to see the new 
addition to the National Gallery and its 
opening exhibit of the Dresden Treasures. 

Lelia Dew Preston, who lives alone in a 
cooperative apartment in Norfolk, VA, plays 
bridge, scrabble, and mahjong, but she says 
that her chief interest for forty years has been 
British travel. She has two children, Betty 
Braxton Preston '43, who sells real estate in 
Princeton, NJ, and a son, who is president of a 
savings and loan company in Newport News, 
VA. In recent months she had a visit from 
Helen McCary Ballard, who since fell and 
broke her hip while on a cruise to the Arctic. 
Her son and daughter-in-law chartered a jet to 
Victoria to bring her home. She is still in the 
hospital but doing nicely. 

Anna Wills Reed writes that her grand- 
daughter Alice Pope will graduate from Penn 
State U. in June. She has been elected to Phi 
Chi, the honorary psychology society. 



1919 




Alma Trevett Gerber writes from Cham- 
paign, IL, that she is not bored. She enjoys her 



apartment, which is furnished with family 
pieces, and her unique collection of cream pit- 
chers with lids. She is chairman of trans- 
portation for several societies and also on call 
for several persons. She is active in church 
work (including the Methodist Cunningham 
Children's Home north of Urbana), 
agricultural interests, and Eagle Forum, a 
political group. 

After living 30 years — 12 of them alone — on 
a small farm outside Corvallis, OR, Frances 
Wild Bose is planning to move into an apart- 
ment in town, convenient to church, library, 
woman's club, shopping area, and campus. In 
addition to church and club work, she enjoys 
visits from her children and grandchildren. 

Mary deLong McKnight, who is a widow, 
has been ill for a number of years and has 
lived in a nursing home in Fork, MD, for the 
last two, but she enjoys hearing about Sweet 
Briar. 

Isabel Luke Witt continues to live in Rich- 
mond, VA. with her 85-year old cook and her 
youngest son, and keeps busy with church and 
hospital work. 

Lucy Wilson Dunlap and retired banker 
husband sold their home a year ago and live in 
a condominium in Kansas City. Lucy's two 
sisters, who also attended Sweet Briar have 
both died. The Dunlaps' one daughter broke 
the family tradition by attending Vassar. 

Jane Byrd Ruffin Henry reports from Nor- 
folk that she is well and busy, attends to her 
housekeeping, and plays an occasional game 
of bridge or mahjong. She has stopped driving 
but is a good walker. Her prime interest is her 
family, who live nearby, and she enjoys baby- 
sitting for her son's children. 

Margaret Reed Collard and her husband, 
both 81, live in a retirement community in 
Milwaukee. 

Mary Jones Nixon Nelson finds the Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Club of Southern California a 
lively association but her arthritis and cata- 
racts prevent her from attending all of their 
activities; however, she still keeps in touch 
and enjoys hearing about the meetings and 
parties. She used to attend many such events 
with her sister Margaret Nixon Farrar '23, 
who has now moved to Leisure World. 

Elizabeth C. Eggleston writes from Farm- 
ville, VA, "No comment on the out-drift of the 
tide." However, last year Hampton-Sydney 
College sponsored an exhibition of her paint- 
ings, and at that time she was written up in 
The Record of Hampton-Sydney College in 
Virginia. 



Katharine Block Raynor says that she is 
in reasonably good health, lives alone, and 
has a quiet life befitting her age. In October 
she spent 10 days in Vermont, driving around 
and enjoying the foilage. 



1923 



Fund Agent 

Helen McMahon, Sweet Briar, VA 24595 

Mildred Baird White writes from Ashe- 
ville, NC, that her life would seem dull to 
most, but to her a very happy rut to be in. 
She continues to live in her family home since 
her husband's death six years ago, filling her 
days with church work, as a volunteer at the 
VA Hospital in Oteen and delivering Meals 
on Wheels — plus her favorite bridge game. 

Jo Bechtel Barr spent the month of May 
in Egypt and Greece and had a cottage at 
Napa, CA, for August. 

Margaret Benton Whitley, at Sweet Briar 
for only one year, returned for the 50th re- 
union with Jane Lee Best and Marjorie 
Cannon Hills from California. She hopes the 
present students know how fortunate they 
are to be here. Margaret has one son and two 
grandchildren, who also live in Fremont, NC. 
She has enjoyed trips to the Middle East and 
the Caribbean with Jane Best. 

Dorothy Copeland Parkhurst has retired 
and lives in Fair Haven, VT. 

Ellen Brown Clendaniel, still living in 
Denton, MD, retired in 1962. She continues 
to enjoy bridge and travel and her work for the 
Episcopal Church. 

Emma Mai Crockett Owen writes of the 
pleasant visit her daughter Mrs. William M. 
Ewing and her husband had with President 
and Mrs. Whiteman at the time of their son's 
graduation from Washington and Lee last 
spring. Mrs. Ewing and Mrs. Whiteman were 
girlhood friends in Nashville. 

Jane Guignard Curry continues to spend 
busy times in her old home Columbia, SC, 
and cherishes the peaceful periods gardening 
in Sarasota. George is more involved rather 
than less under a new president and talks 
of retiring July 1, but Jane is not counting 
on it. The Currys will spend Christmas in 
England this year. 

Beth Hall Hatcher, Fort Valley, GA, in a 
recent letter to Helen Mac, reported the 
sad news of Martha Newton Groover's hus- 
band's death last summer. The Groovers 
had a wonderful time at the 50th reunion 
in '73, after which Denny was an enthusiastic 
booster for Sweet Briar. Beth has three 
daughters and 12 grandchildren. The oldest, 
Felton, graduated from Sewanee last year; 
Nancy is a sophomore at Davidson. Every 
summer for the past six years the Hatchers 
(20 strong) have had a wonderful vacation 
at Jekyll Island. 

Kitty Hagler Phinizy and her retired 
doctor husband still live in the same home 
they moved into in 1926. Their son, also a 
doctor, lives across the street and daughter 
Katherine Mackie '51 will move next door 
when her husband retires from Dupont. 
The Phinizys have four grandchildren. 

Marie Klooz. whom we can all thank for 
her wonderfully interesting, nostalgic letter 
which gave a picture of "Sweet Briar Today" 
at the time of the 55th reunion in May, 1978, 



17 



must be one of the busiest of retirees. She 
continues to serve in numerous capacities 
which require her legal expertise and 
knowledge, especially a most challenging 
committee concerned with a 10-year plan 
for that area of the county in which she lives. 
So "there is no time to read, write, exercise 
and play the piano." 

Elizabeth Mason Richards, still living in 
Norwell, MA, reports that their two children 
and their families live in the same village. 
Their six grandchildren range from 22 to 
newborn and graduate school to bassinet, 
and Helen is still knitting and giving book 
reviews. 

Muriel MacKenzie Kelly, whose home is 
in Westchester, IL, joins the great -grand- 
parent group as of July 1, 1978, when Michael 
Jones was born. The Kellys lead a busy life. 
Recent travels include Athens, Prague and 
Paris last spring, New Orleans at Thanks- 
giving, Christmas in D.C., and they will go 
to Mexico in January. 

"I don't know why I thought I would never 
get old, but I do not choose or recommend it," 
writes Edith Miller McQintock. "1 have 
had two strokes and have osteoporosis, so my 
activities have come to a screeching halt." 
More power to Edith. There's nothing 
wrong with her sense of humor or courage! 

From Marjorie Milligan Bassett comes the 
sad news that her husband Clark died very 
suddenly last January. The Milligan sisters, 
Muriel, Sue and Marjorie, had a family 
reunion on the Oregon coast last summer. 

Margaret Nixon Test and her husband 
Alfred spent the Thanksgiving holidays with 
her son and his family in Menlo Park, CA, 
and will leave December 22 for Fort Worth, 
TX, to be with Alfred's daughter for the 
Christmas holidays. They thoroughly enjoy 
their home in Leisure World with its de- 
lightful climate and much to do. 

Virginia Thompson McElwee stopped 
briefly at Sweet Briar in May on her way 
home from Florida — "beautiful even in the 
rain." Virginia, who lives in Union, ME, 
and Polly Goodnow Blackall, living in Cum- 
berland, RI, see each other frequently. 

Lorna Weber Dowling and Bob, still 
going along at about the same speed, cele- 
brated their 51st wedding anniversary in 
September. That same month their grandson 
entered medical school in Houston. Their 
older granddaughter will graduate from 
Vanderbilt in May. The Dowlings still play 
their usual golf and go back to Cleveland 
each summer for a month or two. 

Kay Weiser Ekelund continues her frequent 
trips, the most recent to Alaska on the 
Royal Viking. In October she traveled with 
her club group to New York to visit the 
Cloisters, the Frick and Metropolitan 
museums. Kay's grandchildren are all boys 
except one girl who is getting her M.A. this 
year. 

From Margaret "Queenie" Wise O'Neal 
a report on the Macon crowd at Sweet Briar 
with her: Of the five, three graduated and two 
she labeled "dropouts." "All are in pretty 
good shape, have grown grandchildren, but 
no other distinguishing careers." 

Helen Mac had a surprise telephone call 
from Queenie about the scheduled visit to 
Sweet Briar by her daughter Margaret Lewis 
and granddaughter Lisa, who were visiting 
Virginia colleges. Sweet Briar was charmed 
with both Margaret and Lisa, and H.M. was 
proud to show them "Queenie's" college. 



1927 



Secretary 

Kitty Wilson Garnett (Mrs. Theodore S.), 
141 1 Claremont Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507 
Fund Agent 
Jeanette Boone, Sweet Briar, VA 24595 

Many thanks to those of you who responded 
to the cards sent out by the Alumnae Office 
for me. To have had responses from twenty- 
five is outstanding. 

Our leader Emily Jones Hodge went to 
Florida in March with Gordon and they had a 
visit with Marg Cramer Crane and Bill in 
Venice. Emily wrote that Dickie Dickinson 
Robbins' husband died a month after Dickie's 
death. Ruth Lowrance Street and Gordon 
spent the late winter in Palm Beach and they 
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 
June. It took me longer to capture "The." 
Ruth said their oldest grandchild would make 
them great grandparents in October. Can any 
of you top that? Not me — our oldest grand- 
child is only a freshman at the University of 
Delaware — she should be at Sweet Briar as 
she is a fine hockey player. "We are the Sweet 
Briar Hockey Team, we never know de- 
feat ..." Shades of Boza Adamova and her 
hockey stick! 

If any of you are travelers, M.Brown Wood 
is hunting for classmates to go to Egypt in 
January. Her Beth is going with her. Mac still 
prefers home. Emily Jones Hodge wants 
classmates to join her in January to cruise the 
Red Sea. By now she has recuperated from 
breaking one ankle and a bone in the other in 
"a fall down one step," and was anticipating a 
Vermont trip in October. 

Jerry Reynolds Dreisbach and Bob missed 
our 50th reunion to attend their grand- 
daughter's graduation at Indiana U. Bob ap- 
parently picked up the Legionnaire's Disease 
virus while there and he died two weeks later. 
He was a distinguished engineer and inventor 
with patents for twenty items in the field of 
communications, the most far reaching being 
the sonobuoy, vital to submarine defense. I 
wish the Alumnae Magazine had space to 
print his amazing .accomplishments. 
Magnavox has just honored him naming their 
new test center the Robert Dreisbach Acoustic 
Laboratory. Jerry wrote that both girls, 
Georgie and Jerry, were Sweet Briar students 
for two years and, as did she, graduated at In- 
diana University. She sees Martha Ehle Lesh 
several times a year. 

Margaret Green Shepard is "still" an active 
realtor and loving it. She sounds years younger 
that I am, drat it! Lib Wood McMullan be- 
moans missing the reunion. She had a grand- 
daughter graduating at Smith. She sees 
Camilla Alsop Hyde and Ed and several 
'29ers. 

Hilda Harpster retired from teaching at the 
University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 
1970 and went back to Toledo. She has been 
helping at an elementary school and par- 
ticipating in church activities and AAUW 
study groups, and she closes with, "Re- 
tirement has been fun!" Bless her! 

Virginia Wilson Robbins was entertaining 
eighteen members of her family at Pinehurst 
in the late summer. 

Babe Albers Foltz writes that she drove to 
Texas to pick up a grandson at camp. If you 
were not at our 50th, please make the 55th in 
three and a half years so you can see the real, 



in the flesh. Babe. Some gal. 

Frankie Sample Holmlund thinks no one 
would remember her. I do — I can even recall 
what she looked like. She writes that they live 
near Tucson, AZ, in winters and on Cape Cod 
in summers. It sounds like our Camp Green- 
brier, WV-Belle Haven, VA-Norfolk routine. 
Gretchen Orr Hill still engages in the private 
practice of Social Work. A last minute health 
problem kept her home at reunion time. 
Anyone visiting the Cape is to be sure to call 
her. Kelly Vizard Kelley and Billy spent the 
summer in New Hampshire where it was "as 
hot as Naples, FL." Anne Ashhurst Gwath- 
mey and Pat, just retired from the practice of 
opthalmology, have also (among many) just 
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. 

Elizabeth Cates Wall is hard at work with 
her antique shop in Highlands, NC. She tells 
me that Rebecca Manning Cutler and Howard 
have recently gone to Morocco and Egypt, no 
doubt to cheer up Mr. Sadat. Cates is a real 
ball of fire — the only changed thing about her 
is woman's crowning glory. Mine is white. 

Marion Thayer spent many years in Peru 
and is now living in Chicago. She has been 
doing volunteer work there tutoring inner-city 
Hispanic children in reading. My last direc- 
tory gives her a Costa Rica address. Martha 
Ambrose Nunnally and Jim have a son who is 
a Zoology professor at Vanderbilt and two 
grandchildren who are students there. Their 
daughter has opened a Book Rack at College 
Park, Ga. Martha enjoys "retirement from 
school." She says Jim still writes and hunts 
(crows and snakes according to her). Emilie 
Halsell Marston's family is expanding. A 
grandson married in June and a grand- 
daughter gave them a great-grandson in July. 
She and Ruth Lowrance are real braggarts, 
aren't they! 

Tinka Johnson Brehme and Hall came east 
last winter from San Marino and visited us on 
the Eastern Shore in Belle Haven, VA. The 
and 1 and the Brehmes ate ourselves around 
the Shore and scarcely stopped for breath. In 
a phone conversation last week they were all 
agog over their daughter's visit from Teheran. 

Jane Gilmer Guthrie wrote a delightful long 
letter about her family and our classmates. 
She says Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels is better 
now after an illness — also Ruth claims to be 
fat. 1 wrote her after the 50th and wrote a card 
at Christmas because I thought the Postal Ser- 
vice had eaten my mail — they came back "no 
such address." Jane has two sons and 
numerous grandchildren. She is entering the 
Methodist Home in Charlotte. Sally Jamison 
and Claire Hanna Kenner are her buddies. 

Last on the list of good women who an- 
swered our plea for news is Libbo Matthews 
Wallace. I have read about her husband 
Harry, Jr., their son, their daughter Dolly 
(Elizabeth Wallace '53) Hartman and Libbo in 
many West Virginia press releases for years as 
we live in West Virginia half the year. Dolly 
and John just attended her 25th at SBC. They 
have a freshman son at Davidson. Harry III 
was elected to the Board of Education in 
Charleston, WV, in May. 

Next year when the call goes out for news, 
think how nice it is to read about '27 in the 
Alumnae Magazine and write anything — I'll 
make it news. See you in 1982! 



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1931 



Secretary 

Elizabeth MacRae Goddard (Mrs. Stephen J.), 
4115 Kendall St.. San Diego. CA 92109 
Fund Agent 

Evelyn D. Mullen. Raleigh Towne. Apt. #11. 
519 Wade Ave., Raleigh. NC 27605 

As a class we feel honored along with Mar- 
tha Von Briesen for the Prize in Photography 
established in her name in recognition of her 
many years of outstanding service as Director 
of Public Relations for the College (see Alum- 
nae Magazine. Fall '78. p. 36). Bulb-selling 
honors went to "Quinnie" Quintard Bond 
(again top!) and to Polly Swift Calhoun ("Solo 
or Singles" top seller), who won a trip to Hol- 
land. (Quinnie had won a trip earlier.) And 
Polly and her husband Frank were at the Rid- 
ing Reunion with their horses! 

We offer our sympathy to "Quinnie" in the 
loss of her husband. We are saddened to hear 
of the deaths of Dorothy Boyle Charles in May 
and Phoebe Rowe Peters in September. 
Phoebe was our Senior Class President and 
was our Class Secretary for the years before I 
took over in 1976. Libba Stribling Bell and 
Dot Charles were roommates all four years at 
SBC and had remained close friends so that 
Libba was a help to Dot's son and daughter 
who had lost their father just the year before. 
Libba wrote to me about Dot's death just be- 
fore leaving for a visit to friends and relatives 
in New York, in Maine and in Virginia. She'd 
found out from a cousin that there had been 
an Elizabeth Stribling living in Fauquier Co., 
VA. in 1714. "So 1 am returning to haunt the 
area again." said Libba. 

Orla Washabaugh Edkins had the joy of 
visiting a family in Belgium who had enter- 
tained her husband in WW II and who had 
exchanged visits with the Edkins through the 
years. Living in Lynchburg, with Nancy Wor- 
thington to help her get settled in, Orla thinks 
it's great to be in touch with SBC friends again 
and hopes to get to our 50th. 

Ruth Schott Benner is another one whoend- 
ed her letter that way. She had only two years 
at SBC. finishing at Madison, WI, but "Sweet 
Briar has always been close to my heart; my 
daughter Linda had her freshman year there." 
Ruth and her husband are "born lakers," 
spending long week-ends seven months of the 
year at their second home on the Lake of the 
Ozarks in south central Missouri. 

Isabelle Bush Thomasson and Tommy had 
a glorious trip last April to South Africa. Rho- 
desia, and Kenya, returning home through the 
Sudan and Cairo. 

Martha McBroom Shipman says she's 
hooked on cruises; highlights have been Len- 
ingrad and Hong Kong, the latter including a 
trip up the Pearl River and three nights in 
Canton. Sweet Briar-sponsored tours are a 
good way to run across SBC friends as Cynthia 
Vaughn Price has found out, having travelled 
with Toole Roller Wellford, Mary Lynn 
Carlson King. Dot Ayres Holt. Eda Bain- 
bridge Kolbe and Jessie Hall Myers. Jessie and 
her husband took the QE II over to England 
and the plane back. Helen Sim Mellen and her 
husband were able to leave their 97-year-old 
mothers in good care while they enjoyed 
TWA's maiden flight direct from Newark to 
London — speeches, champagne, and an En- 
glish mayor in flowing robe! 



Charlotte Kent Pinckney and her husband 
were off to London with the Museum Theater 
Guild in October. She took time before that to 
call each of the Richmond classmates and sent 
me file cards with news of each one. Mary 
Cannaday Gore retired four years ago; she 
had travelled to England in the spring and 
then to visit her daughter in Wyoming where 
her son-in-law teaches at the University in 
Laramie. Virginia Tabb Moore and her semi- 
retired husband have a daughter and two sons 
in Richmond and a son who is a successful 
doctor in Washington. Sue Haskell Harrell 
and her husband have lived in their lovely 
country home for 32 years; they have a daugh- 
ter and five grandchildren, also two young 
Labradors in place of the garden they once 
had! Virginia White Tucker retired in 1974; 
two years ago she lost her husband in an auto 
accident; Virginia's daughter teaches 8th 
grade English. Meade Laird Shackelford has 
recovered enough from a serious two-year ill- 
ness to accept leadership of a circle in her 
church. Mary Leigh Seaton Marston does 
much of the buying for the gift shop at the 
Virginia Museum and, having been an interior 
decorator, she is most generous. Charlotte 
says, about sharing her good taste with her 
friends. 

Speaking of careers, Katharine Perry Dor- 
feld, who earned an M.A. in Social Science at 
Western Reserve U., feels that her major in 
American Problems at SBC contributed to her 
enjoyment of the career she retired from in 
1977. In 1958 Katharine was asked to be a 
member of the Board of Governors to organize 
a Psychiatric Center serving a six-county area 
in northern Pennsylvania. In 1973 that center 
was closed and Katharine became director of 
the Departments of Community Mental 
Health and of Partial Hospitalization. As she 
had been a child therapist she is now in her 
retirement finding time to write some chil- 
dren's books as well as travelling and fishing 
with her husband. Their son William is in re- 
search and development at the Corning Glass- 
works. 

Katherine Knerr Angell has had a busy and 
interesting career also. After one year at SBC 
she went on to graduate from North Dakota 
State U. in her home town, Fargo. For seven 
years she was in personnel work at McCreery's 
and at John Wanamakers's in NYC (she says 
it's a family joke that both stores closed when 
she stopped working for them!) For the past 
ten years Katherine has been involved with 
Wall Street as a Registered Representative; 
she is with Roth and Co. in Bala Cynwyd, PA. 
and has started five investment clubs for 
women. Katherine has two sons, a daughter 
and three grandchildren; her older son is 
manager of Philadelphia airports; her grand- 
daughter Susan Griffith Callahan spent two 
years at SBC (class of '77). 

Jane Bikle Lane bravely wrote from her bed 
in Lankenau Hospital, Philadelphia, where 
the cause of a three-month debilitating ail- 
ment had finally been found and the correct 
antibiotic was being determined. There had 
been several deaths in the family as well, and 
Jane and her husband were looking forward to 
a restful vacation in the South as soon as she 
was strong enough. 

Mary Lynn Carlson King was doing well at 
the end of the summer after a time in cardiac 
care. Ginny Cooke Rea was feeling 100% bet- 
ter after the pin was removed from her hip so 
she was able to enjoy the 5800-mile trip to and 
from Idaho to visit her daughter. 



Newsworthy bits about our children: Faith 
Calhoun, Polly Swift's daughter was co- 
captain of the Women's Varsity Soccer prac- 
tice week before the fall semester at Tufts; 
Mary Henderson Stanton wrote that her song- 
stylist daughter had a new husband who is di- 
rector of the Museum of Art in Newark, NJ; 
Jean Countryman Presba's daughter is pro- 
duction manager of a technical magazine,. 
Plant Engineering, and son David is an assis- 
tant buyer of supplies for the Swedish Hospi- 
tal in Denver. Mary Frances Riheldaffer 
Kuhn's son-in-law, LCdr. Schlicter was officer 
in charge of construction of the Omaha, a new 
prototype nuclear submarine. My own son 
David, a metallurgical scientist, was honored 
by receiving the 1977 Hofmann Prize, award- 
ed every three years by an international con- 
sortium, for a paper on "Fiberglass Rein- 
forced Lead Composites." 

Grandchildren feature in the news that 
comes to me. Jane Tucker Ferrell's five must 
love visiting her in the home she's lived in for 
41 years; Jane finds her life satisfying, she 
says, and her religion very important to her. 
Wally Hubball Schwarzwalder's little Greek 
Mary Ellen must be the peppiest — at IVi 
months walking constantly, and her first 
word was "wow"! Martha McCowen's six 
grandchildren enjoy Hound Ear. the family 
place in the North Carolina mountains; Agnes 
Cleveland Stackhouse, remarried, has a 
home at Sugar Mountain nearby. 

Mary Stewart Kelso Treanor serves on the 
Sierra Arts Council and the Symphony Board 
in Reno. Harriet Wilson McCaslin has had a 
busy summer with lots of company, the best 
remedy for missing one's spouse, she felt. 
Marjorie Webb Maryanov basked in the joy of 
having a pool of their own this summer! Nata- 
lie Roberts Foster attended the National 
Workshop on Christian Unity as representa- 
tive of the Presbyterian Church in the USA as 
well as a meeting of the Church Women 
United National Board as president of Vir- 
ginia CWU. 

In clearing out her house for selling it, 
Nancy Worthington was glad to pass on her 
mulberry SBC china to Jane Lewis Seaks '70, 
granddaughter of the Rev. Thomas D. Lewis 
of the Church of the Ascension in Amherst, 
and one of SBC's chaplains. Nancy is never 
too busy to pass on news to me: "Split" Clark 
had been both a volunteer and a paid worker 
for the Red Cross and City Welfare before her 
diabetic stroke; Ella Williams Fauber's hus- 
band reported that Ella had even jogged at 
Nag's Head! Nancy also sent me a telephone 
number for Peg Ferguson Bennett in Sarasota. 
Fl. 

Perry Whittaker Scott is still a needle- 
pointer, now working on a kneeler for her 
church "even bigger than the one I did for the 
SBC chapel." On her needlepoint poinsettia 
motif Christmas card she noted we'd soon 
need to start getting ready for our 50th. A 
phone call from Evelyn Mullen from Raleigh 
showed she had this in mind too and would be 
attending the Alumnae Council in October. 
We'll be looking for her letters and try to sup- 
port her wholeheartedly in her efforts toward 
our 50th. Spot announcement: One of our 
class members who had been regretting that 
she didn't quite graduate is now working to- 
ward getting her degree at SBC at our 50th — 
more later! 

A warm thank you for your wonderful re- 
sponse to my getting-in-touch project! 



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1935 



Secretary 

Lavalette Dillon Wintzer (Mrs. Fred), 11 

Guvenne Road, Guyencourt, Montchanin, DE 

19710 

Fund Agent 

Alice Schlendorf McCloskey (Mrs. Alice S.), 

415 Sheridan Ave., Escondido, CA 92026 

Your response to my letter about the death 
of Virginia Bobbitt Shuffle on April 28 was 
heart warming. So many old friends wrote 
warm letters. I want to thank each of you who 
wrote me and those of you who contributed to 
the Alumnae Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

Mary Whipple Clark wrote a dear letter 
which brought back many memories of the 
Gass of '35. On returning from Florida in 
May she developed a pinched nerve in her 
neck and could neither write nor type for a 
month. Cary Burwell Carter writes that Nick is 
still headmastering and she's still teaching. 
Anne, her daughter, came back from her 15th 
reunion at SBC starry eyed. Anne's husband 
Rick is in real estate in Nashville and they 
have three boys. She reports that Natalie 
Strickland Waters has sold her lovely house 
and moved into a condominium. Mary Lou 
Saul Hunt writes that her husband Keith had 
a hernia operation in March but that he's now 
fine — still practicing law but slowing down. 
Their son Kellog is at Walter Reed, a full Col- 
onel and head of the Pulmonary Disease Dept. 
where he will probably stay until he retires in 
about five years. "Does that make me feel 
old!" Their bachelor son, Bob, is still in 
Washington practicing law. Her mother is 88 
and going strong. 

Joyce Hobart Bullard writes that she and 
her husband are retired from teaching. Their 
two daughters are married — each has a girl 
and a boy (ages 12, 10, 6 and 3). They have a 
home in Florida and a home in Germantown, 
NY, and spend six months in each place. They 
sold her parents' home in St. Petersburg and 
bought a condominium. 

Beverly Hill Furniss has not been back to 
SBC since the graduation of her daughter in 
1974. She and her husband spent 10 days in 
May on the Gulf Coast and three weeks in 
Europe in June. Since they sold their big house 
and moved into a "cozy little cottage," they 
find life so easy and traveling such fun they 
seldom stay at home. Cary Burwell Carter and 
her husband visited Bev in March and the 
Furnisses stayed with the Carters in Nashville 
between visits to their children in Tennessee 
and North Carolina. 

Judy Halliburton Burnett says that she 
treasures her time at Sweet Briar on the Board 
of Overseers. She travels frequently and 
spends her summers at Wrightsville Beach, 
where she shares a double cottage with her 
children. She has five grandchildren. 

Betty Myers Harding and her husband had 
a delightful trip to Hawaii in April to celebrate 
their 40th anniversary, a trip and celebration 
they shared with Betty's twin and her hus- 
band, with whom they had a double wedding. 

Isabel Scriba keeps busy working for St. 
Mary's, a private school, and for the new Gar- 
den City (NY) Historical Society, for which she 
is in charge of planning the grounds of an 
1870 house, "Victorian Garden." The master 
plan is being drawn up by Mrs. Alice R. Ireys, 
mother of Catherine Irevs Gandel '66. 



Dot Barnum Venter writes of a mini- 
reunion with Cynthia Harbison Heye, who 
came over from Old Lyme, CT, and Eleanor 
Rust Mattern and Bob, who were there from 
East Lansing, MI. They spent a wonderful 
afternoon and evening remembering and 
catching up on their combined eight children 
and eight grandchildren. 

Virginia Cunningham Brooks wrote a grand 
letter after almost 40 years of silence. How de- 
lightful to hear from her! She doesn't see 
many Sweet Briarites in California except 
Billy Crane Goodfellow and Janet Bryant 
Hurlbert who pass by about once a year. Billie 
has a son living in Santa Clara, and Jane, a 
son in San Diego. She and Barbara Benzinger 
Lindsley correspond tho' they've seen each 
other only once. In June Ginny and her hus- 
band Val traveled to the Norwegian coast, 
Denmark, Holland and Belgium and attended 
the American Bar Assoc. Meeting in NYC. 
They have three children and five grand- 
children. Their older son, Lawrence, is his 
father's law partner and their younger son, 
Alan, has his Ph.D. in Classical Archeology 
and teaches in the winter at the U. of N. Iowa 
and goes to Corinth, Greece, in the summer 
for "his dig." Daughter Langley lives in L.A., 
divorced and doing volunteer work with the 
Enterpe Opera Club. Husband Val still work- 
ing but plans to cut down. Their life sounds 
active, full and interesting. Her mother lives in 
LA and celebrated becoming 85 by acquiring 
an ardent suitor. 

I tried to reach Rebekah Huber while 
visiting in Norfolk in April. Becky wrote later 
that at that time she was at the Kentucky Der- 
by, something she hasn't missed for 30 years. 
Becky still lives in the house she lived in when 
we were in college. Her mother died in Octo- 
ber, 1972, and Becky has adjusted to her new 
life with the help of family and friends. I re- 
ceived a nice note from Billy Crane Good- 
fellow saying she had a daughter living in Wil- 
mington and that she would give me a ring the 
next time she was here. I am waiting eagerly! 
Billy sees Jane Bryant Hurlbert several times a 
year as they have a house in Vermont only a 
few hours from Wellsley Hills. She tells me she 
still has that cute giggle. 

I was sad to hear from Ellen Scattergood 
Zook that her husband, Dunnie, died sudden- 
ly on March 2, 1978, of a heart attack at his 
office. Her children have been a great source 
of comfort to her. Scat was anxious to know if 
anyone our age took the Sweet Briar trips. The 
next paragraph will give her the answer. 

Jackie Strickland Dwelle wrote that she, 
Judy Halliburton Burnett, Jackie Bond Wood 
and Cordelia Penn Cannon '34 spent a week at 
Wrightsville Beach in the fall of '77. They had 
Virginia Bellamy Ruffin and husband for 
cocktails. In November she visited London, 
Paris and Ireland and Rio in February with 
the Sweet Briar Group. While she was away, 
her daughter Susan produced a baby girl. 
Jackie arrived in Charleston in time to wel- 
come her home. Jackie now boasts two grand- 
children of each sex. Jackie enclosed a won- 
derful letter from Betty Fox Moon from Saudi 
Arabia which I will attempt to condense. Betty 
writes, "Warren came to Saudi in June '76 
and I followed in October. We plan to stay un- 
til his retirement in '79. Warren, as an archi- 
tect, has joined a construction company which 
is building housing for Arabian American Oil 
Co. Since women are not allowed to drive in 
Saudi Arabia, they are dependent on Com- 
pany vans with Phillipino drivers. Betty be- 



longs to a 700-member International Wo- 
men's Group which meets monthly. Betty and 
Warren find the experience fascinating, travel 
a great deal, enjoy each others company but 
miss the kids. They have five grandchildren 
(three girls and two boys). The oldest daughter 
is 16. 

Blandina Jones Skilton and her husband 
Bill have both retired after working in Orlan- 
do since leaving Cuba. They have three sons 
and five grandchildren (three boys, two girls). 
The latest, Joseph Secrest Hilton, was born on 
May 25 and named for Blandina's father. 
They hope to travel and see more of family in 
retirement. 

Bright Bickerstaff West and her husband 
Bob enjoyed a trip to Portugal, Spain and 
Norway in the spring. Jeanne Delamarter 
Halversen and husband had a great trip 
through the Panama canal and visited their 
children in Honolulu, San Francisco, L.A. and 
Washington. She sees Blandina Jones Skilton 
regularly in Church, but can't seem to dig up 
enough S.B. Alumnae for a club. 

Lucy Hoblitzell extolls the new pool and the 
Alumnae Magazine — "Sweet-Briarites do 
the most amazing things in all fields." She is 
retired, traveling, and looking forward to our 
reunion. 

Jane Mitchell Robeson writes, "Gone back 
to school to work on a masters in Psych. Very 
hard to get the brain muscle working. Lots of 
things have happened to psychology since 
Freud." My thanks to Kitty Taylor Manning 
for Anne Spiers Jessup's address. 

Fritz and I are both well and spent a peace- 
ful summer in Elkhart Lake, WI. These days 
our biggest battles are with the bulge. You're 
wonderful! Keep the letters coming and plan 
to visit Sweet Briar in 1980. Let's make it a 
grand reunion. 



1939 



Secretary 

Katherine (Kay) Richards DeLancey (Mrs. 
Robert L.), 45 Birch St., Keene, NH 03431 
Fund Agent 

Janet D. Thorpe, 71 Strawberry Hill Ave., 
Apt. 616, Stamford, CT 06902 

I humbly beg your pardon for not writing 
any news for two years! Two years ago in 
October our eldest son, Stephen, was killed 
in an auto accident on the New York 
throughway. He was 27. Last year the time 
for getting in my notes just slipped by me; 
so if the news I write is a little out of date, 
you will understand. 

I still work full time at the insurance 
company, teach Sunday School, do altar 
work and am on the vestry. Last April Bob 
and I went to California for my two-week 
vacation, and this summer we had two 
delightful camping trips in the White and 
Green Mountains with our grandchildren, 
3 and 18 months, and their parents. Our 
other daughter, Carol, is manager of a very 
successful restaurant, the Commissary, in 
Philadelphia. Son Tom married a marvelous 
little Dutch girl and is now getting graduate 
degrees at Cornell U. My most exciting news 
is that I am going on the Sweet Briar cruise 
on the Red Sea and to Egypt. I hope to see 
some of you there. 



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Ann Parks also went on a Sweet Briar 
trip — to Africa last year. She and her sister 
went to Kenya and loved it! Ann has retired 
and is busy doing goodness knows what and 
throughly enjoying it: fishing, gardening 
and cooking for herself since her mother 
died. 

Anne Dearstyne Cornwell had a glorious 
trip to the Orient — Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, 
Hong Kong, and Singapore. She and husband 
Jim have six grandchildren. 

Kitty Lawder Stephenson went on a 
trip to England. Wales, and Ireland in the 
spring of '78. 

Kay Bonsall Strong is the co-chairman for 
the Sweet Briar Bulbs in Princeton, NJ, and 
is very busy with volunteer work in a nursing 
home and state museum. She flew to 
Johannesburg, South Africa, this past 
winter to visit her daughter Bonnie Berge 
and her architect husband, who were 
expecting Kay's first grandchild this past 
June. Daughter Sarah is enrolled in Colum- 
bia Grad School in the dance education 
program. Eldest son is a practicing lawyer 
and youngest son is working in an aluminum 
factory. 

Jean Oliver Sartor and husband Alton 
had a "glorious" trip with Jean's mother 
shortly before she died last October. They 
took her and her bird paintings for an 
exhibit in Bristol, RI, and enjoyed their 
first trip to that state. Daughter Jean made 
her debut a year ago and son Oliver came 
home from medical school to escort her. 
Jean and Alton are proud grandparents 
of two boys and a girl. Jean had stopped 
briefly at Sweet Briar in the summer the 
year before and saw Harriet Rogers and the 
grand riding center. She was overwhelmed. 

Ethel Hauber Crowe is still teaching 
English and public speaking at John Dickin- 
son H. S. in Newark, DE, and is experiencing 
bussing of inner city students to their school. 
The year before she had visited Paris, where 
her daughter Patty published her first book 
of poetry. Paris in the Spring. Ethel wore 
out a pair of shoes walking all over Paris. 
This past year she vacationed in Arizona 
and California. 

Peggy Roper Willis writes from Norfolk, 
"I am not sure what the word retired means; 
I seem to have less and less time to do more 
and more. I assured a publisher last month 
I was at work; have a title, an introduction, 
and a conclusion! It's the 'nitty-gritty' 
middle I need to write. Perhaps it is the 
fault of having a house on the corner with 
an open front door and back door, not to 
mention the invention of Mr. Alexander 
Graham Bell." 

Bettina Bell Wyman lost her husband 
in 1976, we are very sorry to hear. She lives 
in Florida for the winter and on Cape Cod 
in the summer. Her three daughters are 
married and living in New Hampshire, New 
Jersey, and Kentucky. Bettina does tape 
recordings for the blind, runs her husband's 
business, plays a lot of golf, some tennis 
and does a lot of swimming and gardening — 
both North and South. 

A note from Audrey Siebert Snyder, 
which should have been in two years ago, 
I'm afraid, said that her daughter Cora was 
not mentioned among alumnae children. 
At the time Cora was a senior at Sweet 
Briar, art editor of the Brambler, and 
carrying 20 credit hours in her studies! 
Audrey and her husband Harry were at 



Sweet Briar for the Senior Show on Parents 
Day. 

Carol Carpenter Gillan says they are 
still living in Houston, TX, and their three 
children and five grandchildren also live 
there. (Lucky Carol!) In 1976 Carol and 
husband Charles had a vacation in Hawaii. 

Margaret Hoyt Cogswell, who has been 
missing the news of the class of '39, says 
she fell off a horse and broke her shoulder, 
wrist, and foot! It is the first time she has 
broken anything, though not the first time 
she has fallen off a horse. She sees Nancy 
Catch Svien often and Augusta Saul Farrier 
plus the Sweet Briar contingent who live 
in Fairfax, VA. They almost have their own 
club in Fairfax. 

Bennett Wilcox Bartlett and husband 
Harry are enjoying their retirement in a 
convenient condominium apartment. They 
spend their time traveling and visiting 
their children and grandchildren. Their 
elder son is in Pittsburgh, PA, their younger 
son is in Thurmont, MD, and their daughter 
is in Whiteville, NC, where her husband 
has been installed as rector of Grace 
Episcopal Church. 

Eleanor Wallace Price says her husband 
is now the president of a small precision 
machine company. All their three children 
are married, and Eleanor and Sam are 
proud grandparents of five grandchildren. 
She and Sam "did" the fjords in Norway on 
a freighter. She hopes we all get together 
at Reunion in '79. 

Lee Montague Watts and husband retired 
last year, sold their Manhassett home and 
moved to John's Island, FL, where they are 
building a house. 

Betsy Campbell Gawthrop is enjoying 
life in Naples, FL, during the winter. They 
have a new son-in-law for Emmy and dote 
on grandson Christopher, Beth's son. Betsy 
is busy with Frontier Nursing. Last year 
she and 24 others made a large needlepoint 
rug with an original bird motif and sold 
chances across the country to benefit the 
Frontier Nursing Service. She also does 
reading for the blind. 

Betsy Vanderbilt Brown is now Mrs. 
Henry Crampton. Henry retired from 
A.T.&T. five years ago. His daughter's 
mother-in-law is Hett Wells Finn, a Sweet 
Briarite. Betsy now has eight instant 
grandchildren! She is "partially" working 
in real estate and travel, sending 20 on a 
North Cape cruise. 

Mary Jeff Welles Pearson moved to 
Lexington, VA, in May '78. In 1977 Augusta 
Saul Edwards Farrier visited Mary Jeff and 
they enjoyed the Shenandoah Music Festival. 
Last summer she and John went to Vienna, 
Salzburg, and Munich on a music trip. 
They were gone 32 days and heard 16 
concerts! A year ago they became grand- 
parents to a fine little boy in Houston, TX. 

Augusta Saul Edward Farrier says her 
daughter Elizabeth Edwards Anderson '70 
has a baby daughter and a two-year-old son. 
Shortly after Augusta's return from Eastern 
Europe, she had a brand-new grand- 
daughter, Dabney Elizabeth Edwards. The 
parents, John Edwards and Cathye, also 
have a three-year-old son. This makes 
Augusta the very proud grandmother of 
eight — four handsome boys and four beauti- 
ful girls. Her two sons and their families 
live in Roanoke, practicing medicine and 
law respectively. 



Anne Huddleston Cheek lost her mother 
and father-in-law last year. She has three 
grandsons 2 to 7 years. She and her husband 
hope to see us at Reunion. 

Sarah Tarns Nally has a great-niece, born 
March 1976 and named Sarah Allison Tarns 
after her! Sarah lost her husband from a 
sudden heart attack in October 1977. She 
was one of those joining the Sweet Briar 
trip to Copenhagen last June. 

Mardie Hodill Smith is still enjoying the 
snow in Chautauqua, NY, after seven 
winters, but they do seem to be getting 
worse. Last year they were snowed in for 
two days and had walking-distance parties. 
They have four grandchildren, two of each 
sex. 

Marguerite Myers Glenn and husband 
Frank spend two to three months of each 
year in the Virgin Islands at Pineapple 
Village, St. Thomas, in their condominium. 
Four grandchildren keep them busy in Long 
Beach. WA, where their son Frank, III, and 
his wife run the 150-bearing-acre cranberry 
farm. They annually visit Richard Glenn 
and family in Raphine, VA, where he owns 
"Briarwood" and 600 acres. Marguerite 
also hopes to come to our 40th. 

Ruth Harmon Keiser teaches learning- 
disabled youngsters in 3rd to 5th grades 
and loves it. A year ago she and Art went 
to Scotland. They visit their daughter in 
Freeport. ME, and Squam Lake in New 
Hampshire. Son Marc finished his Physics 
Ph.D. at Duke and is working at the Joint 
Institutes for Laboratory Astrophysics in 
Boulder, CO. 

From Santa Monica, CA, Helen Cary 
Stewart says, "Life begins at 60!" 

I want to say thank you to Julia Ridgely 
Howe and Ginny Wellford Farwell for their 
thoughtful Christmas cards each year and 
to Janet Thorpe, my only correspondent, 
who is enjoying commuting from Stamford, 
CT, to the Metropolitan Museum in NYC 
and also the occasional classmate who comes 
by to see her, like Katherine Kleberg 
Yarborough from Texas. 



1943 



Secretary 

Mary (Diddy) Christian Mulligan (Mrs. 

Minot G.), 5218 Albemarle St., Washington, 

DC 20016 

Fund Agent 

Marjorie Shugate Short (Mrs. Burton P.) 

1 129 Oakridge Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803 

Weesie Woodruff Angst, our able class 
president for the last ten years, fell only five 
short of the 35 she hoped would attend our 
35th Reunion recently. She did a wonderful 
job of "getting it all together" to make our 
35th a memorable one. Our heartfelt thanks 
to her and a warm welcome to Caroline 
Miller McClintock, our new class president 
and Marjorie Shugart Short, our new class 
fund agent. 

Five years ago we had given $7,046. For 
1978, the total was a whopping $19,800, to 
which the members of 1943 attending re- 
union added $200 plus. We also received 
generous checks from three classmates unable 
to attend, Nancy McVay O'Neill, Sandy 
Packard Sargent and Ginny Knowlton Fite. 



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Let*s give Shug the same fine support we 
gave Muie in the past! The College is most 
appreciative of our generous contribution. 
Reunion was a gala event enjoyed by Brooks 
Barnes, Wendy Beam Hector, Sally Bryan 
Allen, Dorothy Campbell Scribner, Dodie 
Cheatham James, Kitty Doar Jones, Anna- 
belle Forsch Prager, Muie Grymes Blumen- 
thal, Tish Hall Bennett, Posy Hazard Potter, 
Marguerite Hume, Esther Jell Holland, 
Primmy Johnston Craven, Lucy Kiker Jones, 
Tookie Kniskern White, Fay Martin 
Chandler, Caroline Miller McClintock, 
Frances Gregg Petersmeyer, Libby Corddry 
Jones, Clare Eager Matthai, Roselle Faul- 
coner Sales. Tish Ord Bonbright, Harriet 
Pullen Phillips. Betty Schmeisser Nelson, 
Byrd Smith Hunter, Frances Taylor Trigg. 
Marjorie Shugart Short, Weezie Woodruff 
Angst, Karen Norris Sibley and Prentiss 
Jones Hale. 

Everyone loved the art work displayed in 
renovated Benedict. Dodi brought many of 
her lovely paintings, as did Fay, who had a 
recent showing at Mills Gallery in Boston. 
Annabelle gave copies of her new children's 
book. The Surprise Party, to the book store 
to be sold. She also brought illustrations 
she had done for calendars. Ann Jacobs 
Pakradooni was responsible for the official 
Pennsylvania Bicentennial scarf and poster 
which she sent to be displayed. 

Four husbands added greatly to the 35th 
get-to-gether: Weezie's, Roselle's, Harriet's 
and Tookie's had an unforgetable time, 
I am sure — surrounded by a bevy of beauties! 

You may be interested in these statistics 
that Weezie gave me. Of our class of 158, 
78 of whom graduated, 62 returned her 
questionnaires. Seven are deceased. 

This year's first prize for the most in- 
formation on one small postcard goes to 
Janice Fitzgerald Wellons! The Wellonses' 
daughter Bennett graduated from Chapel 
Hill in May after an exhausting year as 
president of Tri Delta and a double major 
in Journalism-Radio, TV, motion picture, 
specialing in advertising. She now has a job 
in Richmond (the new Atlanta for the 
young.) Their middle daughter presented 
them with their first grandchild and they 
live near in Raleigh. In June everyone was 
together at Hilton Head for a week. Janice 
and Kim then took off for a week in Switzer- 
land and then a cruise on the Royal Viking 
around Norway and to the land of the Mid- 
night Sun. A part of their group was Robert 
Young, of Sanka Coffee — Marcus Welby 
fame, and his family. 

Betty Schmeisser Nelson is involved in all 
sorts of volunteer work — Sunday school, 
church fellowship board. Republican, 
Women's Club Board and enviromental 
awareness in the Bridgeport schools. 
Husband Karl has retired but is so involved 
in civic activities that "lunch" presents no 
problem. 

Betty Belle Launder Butin's husband 
practices medicine from 7 a.m. -7 p.m. 
everyday except Sundays! Their oldest son. 
Rick, has just started medical school. Son 
#2 has graduated from Wheaton College 
and is the Director of Christian Education 
in a Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. Two 
younger children are still in junior high 
school. 

Harriet Pullen Phillips is still working 
in the Family Planning Clinic in Pittsburgh. 
She and her husband take bicycle touring 



vacations, the most recent ones in England, 
New Hampshire and our 35th reunion. 

Brooks Barnes recently completed 25 
years of employment at Children's Hospital 
in Boston. She was given a huge surprise 
party, complete with a gold watch and all 
kinds of presents. The doctors, nurses and 
other employees also included her mother 
and other family members in their tribute to 
Brooks. A very thrilling occasion, Brooks 
wrote Fayette. 

Buddy and Fayette McDowell Willett 
and Harry and Dodi Cheatham James were 
the only members of 1943 on the October 
trip to Rome, which also included Joe and 
Norma Bradley Arnold and Frances 
Longino Schroder '44. I hope to see Fayette 
when she and Buddy come over for a foot- 
ball game in November. 

I always get such a nice long newsy letter 
from Esther Jett Holland. She and Hugh 
have just returned from a wonderful trip 
to the West Coast, starting in Canada and 
going south to San Francisco. Their daughter 
Martha was married in June, and she and 
Chris live in Washington, where she is a 
second year law student at Georgetown. 
About 25 Briarites attended the wedding 
including Nancy Pingree Drake's daughter 
Pam, who is married to Gardner McCormick, 
Betty McCormick Johnson's nephew. 
Esther and Hugh's first grandchild was born 
on her mother's 83rd birthday; so a double 
celebration was held. Esther is Class 
Estate Planning Chairman for Sweet Briar 
and any contribution you can make in that 
way will be deeply appreciated. You will 
hear from her from time to time. 

From Esther also comes the sad news of 
Marguerite Hume's mother's death at the 
age of 92, and on Marguerite's birthday. 
We send our deepest sympathy. 

"Reunion in May — my first time — was 
sheer pleasure," writes Dotty Campbell 
Scribner. She found all the "new and im- 
proved" facilities have only enhanced the 
beauty of Sweet Briar's setting. Dotty is the 
proud mother often children, ages 34 to 13. 

The week after reunion Clare Eager 
Matthai had a visit from Beth Dickman 
Smith, who was on her way up to get her 
daughter at Kirkland College. Beth has a mail 
order business, mostly imports. Clare 
represented Sweet Briar in the academic 
procession at the inauguration of the new 
president of Colgate U. 

As she sits, looking at the frosty ground 
covered with leaves, wondering if she 
should "stick to aspirin" or "give her cold 
to Contact, Judy Snow Benoit writes the 
status of her family is about the same, except 
for an ex-son-in-law. She is on Falmouth's 
town council which is involved in taxes, 
dumps, budget, roads etc., a fascinating job. 

Driving up together for reunion were Lucy 
Kiker Jones, Kitty Doar Jones, Marguerite 
Hume, Byrd Smith Hunter and Esther Jett 
Holland. Byrd is also a grandmother for 
the first time. Carter and Ed Hopkins had a 
baby boy. Esther says she is now a grand- 
Godmother, being Godmother to Carter. 

Fay Martin Chandler's husband Alfred 
won a Pulitzer Prize for The Visible Hand, a 
book on business. Fay continues to paint 
daily and is also doing small sculptures. She 
and Alfred are going to Belgium in February 
for six months. 

Skip Bracher Leggett's biggest piece of 
news is getting an eagle on a 345 p^r 4 golf 



hole the last day of the season! She also ran 
into Bob and Dot Long Cousins twice this 
past summer. They had dinner with her in 
Connecticut and they met again at Glen- 
eagles in Scotland. 

Deborah Douglas Adams has two little 
granddaughters, one south — Georgia — and 
one north — NYC. She recently had a 
pacemaker installed, which she says works 
beautifully. 

I hope Dottie Friday can make our 40th 
reunion. A lot of faces are not familiar at 
first, but as we introduce ourselves, and 
the time passes, we are all classmates once 
again and have a happy time together. 
Dottie is working at Montaldo's in St. Louis. 

Kitty Doar Jones' son Tom has accepted 
an engineering job in Franklin, VA, where 
Kitty lives. He and his wife Betsy '75 and 
Elizabeth Brownrigg (SBC-2000!) will be 
moving from Raleigh. 

Dodi Cheatham James is still doing 
painted furniture. A piece done by her and 
Oliva Rhodes Woodin '41 is to appear in 
House and Garden, March '79, and House 
Beautiful, Oct. '78. Her last daughter was 
married in June. 

Peggy Roudin Weinberger was sorry to 
miss our glorious 35th. Her daughter Joan 
married a rare book dealer and breeds 
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Her son 
Tom is married to a French girl in D.C. and 
manufactures skateboards. 

Last year Primrose Johnson Craven was 
promoted to the executive staff of the 
Museum of Girl Scouting in Southeastern 
Massachusetts as Director of Adult Educa- 
tion-Curator. She has also written a 
brochure called History of Girl Scouting in 
S. E. Massachusetts. 

Page Ruth Foster is still Director of the 
Honolulu Academy of Art, which opened 
its new wing in Dec. '77. One son is on his 
way to getting a second M.A. <and working 
in Honolulu. A second son is teaching on 
the Mainland and daughter Dolly is a sopho- 
more in college in Santa Cruz, CA. 

How nice to hear from Virginia Dewing 
Dorsey after 35 years. Our most common 
interest back then was Presh Shepherd, 
Elizabeth Shepherd Scott's brother, a 
student at Hampden-Sydney, and very much 
a part of the class of 1943! Ginny has two 
married daughters and two grandchildren. 
She and Jack enjoy living by the shore in 
Massachusetts where they golf and garden 
when it is warm. 

With the good Lord's help, Betty Belle 
Launder Butin, is battling a reoccurrence 
of breast cancer. She hasn't been back since 
our 15th reunion, which she remembers as 
being stupendous. We wish her a quick 
recovery from her recent surgery. 

Anne Tweedy Ardery is most fortunate in 
that her three children live in Louisville, 
where she and Philip are. Their one grandson 
has an Ecuadorian mother and at 14 months 
is glorious. 

Elizabeth Shepherd Scott loves the real 
estate business, as well as her life as a widow! 
Son Hank lives in Virginia Beach, Ginny is 
working in Wilmington, and Chess and her 
husband live in Winston-Salem. 

Leonard and Sandy Packard Sargent are 
still ranching just north of Yellowstone 
Park. They just spent a fascinating six weeks 
in Kenya and Tanzania with old friends 
working hard for the African Wildlife 
Leadership Foundation to preserve 



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wildlife and its habitat. She says the poach- 
ing and political pressures are incredible, 
but many faithful souls are working hard 
for the cause. Their son Rick is in graduate 
school in Tallahassee and daughter Kerri 
is finishing design and architecture in 
Miami. Sandy and Leonard are still working 
hard for the preservation of Mqntana's 
wilder lands, game and wide open spaces 
for future generations to enjoy — especially 
Yellowstone River, our last large free flowing 
river. 

The past eighteen years or so of Louise 
Moore Nelson's life have been spent making 
flower arrangements for museums. She has 
dried arrangements in the Museum of Fine 
Arts, Boston, Winterthur, and historical 
societies in New York, Virginia and Mass- 
achusetts. She has lectured for years to 
garden clubs in Massachusetts, New Hamp- 
shire, Rhode Island and Virginia. She is 
about to head the flower committee of the 
Museum of Fine Arts for the next two years. 

Ouija Adams Bush missed reunion be- 
cause she and Bob were on a trip to Wales 
and a ten day cruise on a Royal Viking ship 
around Britain. Their daughter Jeanette 
has taken a three months leave of absence 
from her job as a legal assistant in a San 
Francisco law firm to travel in the East. She 
and Ouija drove to Louisville to stay with 
Nancy Eagles Bannon for a weekend. 
While there they saw Fayette; the Bushes' 
other daughter, Louise, is at Converse 
College, where she is on the admissions 
staff for recuiting. Their son Stuart is in 
his first year of business school at UVA. 
She and Bob went to a board meeting at 
SBC in November, after which all of the 
family went to spend Thanksgiving at Hilton 
Head. 

Anne McJunkin Briber called when she 
was here on her way to their home on Amelia 
Island, FL. Frank is still doing a great deal 
of travelling — this time to Argentina, South 
Africa, Israel, Iran and Russia. All of the 
family will be in Florida for the holidays, 
including their two darling grandchildren. 
She hopes to see Barbara McNeill Yow, who 
lives in Jacksonville. While here Junk 
stopped in to see Martha Bobbin McTigue's 
shop in Georgetown called Temptations. 

Byrd Smith Hunter is happy to report 
that she and Henry are in close touch with 
their children. Blount still works for Land- 
mark Communication, Baird '70 is studying 
and teaching at the U. Of Md. while on 
sabbatical. She has enjoyed knowing 
Rosemerry McClintock, Caroline Miller's 
daughter, who works near her. Carter '68 
has taken time out from her job as director of 
career planning for SBC to give Byrd and 
Henry their first grandchild, a son, Edward 
Hunter Hopkins. She was recently named one 
of the outstanding young women of America 
for 1978. 

A long newsy letter from Caroline Miller 
McClintock just made my deadline. Since 
she is our new class president, you will be 
hearing from her from time to time. She is 
as busy as a bee, involved with meals on 
wheels, holding down three jobs in her 
church, as well as doing substitute teaching. 
Son David and his wife Anne are building a 
house north of Charlotte, where he is with 
a bank. Rosemerry lives in old town Alexan- 
dria. Caroline and her husband live in 
Germany, where he is with the JAG section 
of his division. Miller is at Babcock Graduate 



School of Wake Forest, and Hunter is a 
senior at Converse College. 

I missed Dik and Ann Jacobs Pakradooni's 
33rd wedding anniversary party recently, as 
did Donny Scott Johnson, who was coming 
up from Tallahassee for it. Ann was a 
recipient of the International Super 
Achiever Award in Philadelphia in May, 
1978. Ann, a designer with a boutique, Joie 
de Vivre, in Haverford, is not only respon- 
sible for the scarf and poster for the Bi- 
centennial, but she also designed the 
Bicentennial Girl Guide uniforms. Daughter 
Gigi is owner of Colortek, a commerical 
photography firm in Boston. Son Loyd 
works for his father, and he and Georgianna 
and 3-year-old Jennie have just bought a new 
house not too far from the proud grand- 
parents. 

Posy Potter Hazard writes that, after 
living in Alexandria for 30 years, they are 
moving in February to Longboat Key, FL, 
attracted by the Gulf and outdoor tennis 
all year. 

Bonilee Key Garrett has hit the grand- 
mother jackpot: son Gavin's wife had a 
daughter in July, daughter Maurine had a 
daughter in October, and son David's wife 
is expecting their third child in February. 
Bonilee and Gavin are enjoying some fishing, 
boating, and traveling in the U.S., as he is 
partially retired from ranching. 

I have had two lengthy long distance con- 
versations with Weezie Woodruff Augst , who 
did such a superb job for our 35th. She 
described all the events in such detail. I 
felt as if I had been with you. I certainly was 
in spirit! Her daughter Weezie graduated 
from the U. of Kansas, and is working for 
an architecture firm in St. Louis as a graphic 
designer. Son, Chuck, is in NYC working 
for a bond company, and Woodie and his 
wife and little daughter are living in Juneau, 
AK. 

Elizabeth Bond Wood '34, SBC Vice 
President, Carolyn Bates, Tour Coordinator, 
and I were among the 32 people from SBC 
on the trip to Copenhagen May 1978. Our 
hotel, Copenhagen Admiral, was an old 
warehouse built in the 1700's and recently 
made into a 390-room hotel. It was down 
on the water front with a terrace at the 
water's edge. One evening Jackie and Carolyn 
along with Shanda and Fred Rowe, a pro- 
fessor at Randolph -Macon, hosted a 
party for the two college groups on the ter- 
race. We had spectacular weather while 
there, and many interesting side trips to 
the castle country, Hans Christian Ander- 
sen's birth place Odense, Hamlet's castle 
Elsinore, the Tuborg brewery and a hydro- 
foil trip to Malmo, Sweden. I was most 
impressed with the cleanliness and safety 
of Denmark. 

Our son Ralph has graduated from the U. 
of Maine. Mellinda, remarried, presented 
us with our first grandson recently. Our 
youngest daughter, Mary Minot, a senior at 
Mt. Holyoke, just received the Sara Williston 
Prize, which is divided between the top six 
seniors. She is the top of the six, as well as 
being Phi Beta Kappa. I can brag since I 
was one of the anchor men (women?) in our 
class! She takes after her father and assorted 
other relatives. She plans on going on to 
law school, and her first conference on the 
matter will be with Drue Matthews, who 
was our freshman advisor. Remember her? 
She is now in charge of Career Services at 



Mt. Holyoke. 

Not too many of you sent me a return 
postcard. Please try to do better the next 
time around. I enjoy hearing your news and 
then passing it on. So write me! 



1951 



Secretary 

Ruth Clarkson Costello (Mrs. Mark H.), 

Box 857, Sausalito, CA 94965 

Fund Agent 

Sally Anderson Blalock (Mrs. Carlisle), 7011 

Desco Dr., Dallas, TX 75225 

This is being written on Halloween (1978). 
so please take that into account when you 
read this, fellow classmates. 

I can't seem to find much in the way of 
news to report, mainly because I've received 
none; so I shall scrape up what I can from 
1977 Christmas cards and second-hand bits 
and pieces. 

On behalf of the Class of 1951, may I 
extend sympathy to Ann Mountcastle and 
Bob Gamble on the loss of their young son 
and to Sally Reid Anderson Blalock on the 
loss of her husband Carlisle. 

Betty Crisler Buchignani writes from 
Memphis that her current interests lie in 
the healing arts of naturopathic ideas, 
vitamin therapy, and the like. She claims 
that 50 mgs of Bl, as immunity from the 
bites of mosquitoes, works well on the golf 
course if taken before departure. 

Nan Snoke Garrett reports that husband 
Bob has an interesting new project for his 
company — organizing all of their trading 
operations world-wide. They are traveling 
quite a bit, now that their three children no 
longer are "at home." And speaking of 
three children, Sue Lockley and Ned Glad 
have their three children in college this 
year — all at Stanford at the same time! 

Barbara Lasier Edgerley's daughter 
Barbara was planning to be married Nov. 
25, 1978, to Dean Kirschner, and they will 
live in Columbus, OH. Both are graduates 
of Drake U. at Des Moine, IA, 1975 and 
1977. Melinda is a senior biology major at 
Colby College, Waterville, ME, under Dr. 
Miriam Bennett, who was formerly at SBC. 

Diane Richmond Simpson's picture 
appeared in the Norton Children's Hospital's 
Inter Views, 1978, as she helped a youngster 
work a puzzle in her role of president of the 
Children's Hospital Auxiliary. 

Francoise Happe' Braconier confirms 
from her home in Brussels that she and 
husband Raymond still travel much of the 
year — to France for winter sports, to the 
CSte d'Azur for golf, to England in May 
to stalk deer on Lord Bath's property. 
Then they hunt stag and boar in Belgium 
in September. And she sends colored 
photographs to document all of this. 

Other world travelers are Jo Williams 
Fraser and her physician /lecturer husband 
Bob, whose travels occasionally bring them 
to the San Francisco area. 

Jo and Mary (Sheeter) Pierce Clark and I 
share the same birthday (12/12/29). It was 
a special treat to see Skeeter and husband 
Ed here in Sausalito recently, they en route 
to a vacation in Hawaii, a gift from their 



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daughter Mary Beth. We had not seen one 
another in 28 years, or something like that. 

Manette Radford lives on a houseboat 
next to the Ferryboat Vallejo, on which I 
live, here on the shores of Sausalito. It is a 
common sight to see her paddling her 
kayak among the shorebirds of the San 
Francisco Bay, while 1 am mopping decks. 

Please do write me (or SBC) and give 
news of yourselves and families; and please 
give what you can to augment our annual 
Gass gift to the Alumnae Association. 

Meanwhile, I have two black cats, a 
brand new broom, and a long, long night 
ahead! 



1955 



Secretary 

Anne Williams Manchester (Mrs. Eli), 61 
Nichols Rd., Cohasset, MA 02025 
Fund Agent 

Phyllis Joyner, 3701 Patterson Ave., Rich- 
mond, VA 23221 

Arriving too late to be included in last 
winter's Notes was a communication from 
Sandy Rhodes Carlen reporting a serious 
automobile accident in September 1977. 
She wrote in November: "I am still in the 
hospital, following an automobile accident 
September 3. At least now I can get up with 
brace and crutches. I was so disappointed 
not to be able to drive Sigrid to SBC in 
September to start her freshman year, but 
friends took her for me. Eric is a sophomore 
at U. Va. and Lisi is a sophomore in high 
school. Conrad is in sixth grade. All but 
Eric are very active in competitive swimming. 
Sigy is on the Sweet Briar team. I am hoping 
to get out of the hospital by Christmas and 
get on with the life that I am so glad and 
lucky to have." We all hope that Sandy is 
by now fully recovered. 

Becksy Faxon Knowles writes that she 
has given up full-time teaching to have more 
freedom to travel with her husband, but 
keeps on her toes by accepting frequent calls 
to substitute in three nearby Maine school 
districts. Her children Chris (15) and Holly 
(13) are wondering when Becksy will turn 
up in their classrooms. Joan Kells Cook is 
still living in the great Northwest and 
enjoying it. She is in real estate and "doing 
quite well for a beginner." Duncan is still 
at Ft. Lewis. Betsy is a Junior at Western 
Washington U. Meredith graduated from 
Lakes and is a happy Sweet Briar freshman. 
Peter (13) is becoming a skier extraordinaire. 
The Cooks had a great summer boating 
and fishing in the lakes and Puget Sound 
and flew to Connecticut and Mexico for 
their holiday. 

Mitzi Streit Halla moved to Paris recently 
and the family is so pleased to have a few 
years in that beautiful city. Kenneth and 
Brian (14 and 12) are doing beautifully in 
school and with too many activities to miss 
TV. The family visited Disneyworld in 
April and since then have concentrated on 
the French countryside and a side trip to 
Rome. Betty Sanford Molster and Jane 
Dildy Williams both commented in their 
notes that "the children are growing up!" 



Mindy Williams is a freshman at S.M.U., 
Ann is a senior at Exeter, and 12-year-old 
Mac is in Hampton Roads Academy. The 
Williamses saw Kathleen Button Ginn and 
L. H. recently. Betty has three children in 
college — a boy and a girl at U. Va. and a 
boy at Hampton-Sydney. To keep her feeling 
voung, Jane is in first gTade. 

I talked to Nancy Douthat Goss by tele- 
phone. She was sitting in a softly falling snow 
of plaster dust, while painters, plumbers, 
and plasterers were turning their new 
North Andover house into something com- 
pletely different from what they bought. 
Nancy and Woody moved from Worcester, 
MA, when Woody joined a bank in the area. 
She got her Masters last summer and 
marched in an academic procession at 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute for the 
inauguration of the new president, which 
gave her a chance to wear her new hood. 
She reports that Joan Gualtieri Romano has 
moved from Akron to Tulsa, OK. Joan, who 
was practicing law in Ohio, is not looking 
forward to the Oklahoma bar exam. 

Ruth Campbell VanDerpoel teaches, plays 
tennis, and also runs three to five miles. 
She was recently named to the Board of 
Trustees at Morristown-Beard School. 
Daughter Leigh, 20, is a junior at Cedar 
Crest; Jim, 18, who will graduate from 
Morristown-Beard this year, received his 
private pilot's license last March. Husband 
Charlie has taken up running too and can go 
one mile. 

Lucky Honey Addington Passano was 
away for five weeks on a business tour of 
the Orient with her husband, who is with 
Williams and Wilkins. medical publishers. 
Suzy Schmid enjoyed some different traveling 
recently. She spent three weeks backpacking 
in the Roidoso Canyon. She then traveled to 
Santa Fe and Taos to paint and participate 
in a unique contemporary poetry group begun 
by Allen Ginsberg in the early 60's. In Octo- 
ber she spent two weeks in Destin, FL, in a 
workshop with portrait and landscape artist 
Jane Herring. She was planning to paint in 
Forth Worth until Christmas, and then go 
skiing in Gstaad, Switzerland, in January. 

Ginger Finch spent two months in the 
Negev Desert in southern Israel to work 
with a small team of people from Harvard 
and the University of Tel Aviv. She then 
returned to the States to visit family and 
friends. Ginger has witnessed devastation 
in Kenya due to the drought-related famine. 
Our most successful volunteer, Nella Gray 
Barkley has joined the John C. Crystal 
Center, Inc. of New York, as vice president, 
thus becoming a most successful career 
woman. The Center is dedicated to helping 
people find meaningful careers and more 
satisfactory places in life. 

I had a long and costly telephone conver- 
sation with Betty Byrne Gill Chaney, who 
has just returned from a week in England and 
is planning a Mexican trip with the children 
for March. 

Sarah Manchester (13) and I took a tour 
of some eastern tourist traps in June. We 
stayed with Shirley Sutliff Cooper and Tom 
in Alexandria and saw Pat Smith Ticer and 
Jack there. Both families are thriving. The 
Coopers have recently completed a vacation 
house near Bath, ME. I also talked to Pam 
Compton Ware. Like the Molsters, Pam and 
Hudnali are kept young by their 6-year-old 
twin boys. 



Keep sending the contributions and notes. 
You might not think what you are doing is 
interesting to the rest of the class, but it is! 



1959 



Secretary 

Snowdon Durham Kisner (Mrs. Harold 

H.), 806 Jefferson Ave., Charles Town, 

WV 24514 

Fund Agent 

Alice Cary Farmer Brown (Mrs. W. L. 

Lyons, Jr.) Fincastle. Prospect, KY 40059 

Alumnae Council in early October was 
again a many splendoured thing! Our Own 
Judy Sorley Chalmers was charming and 
efficient in her duties as president of the 
Alumnae Association. Tabb Thornton 
Fairnholt is the secretary and also our reunion 
chairman. Tabb is working with much 
enthusiasm to make this the best 20th reunion 
ever held at SBC, so get organized and plan 
to be with all of us on May 18th — we'll 
dance in the dells! To show you how special 
we are, the class of 1959 is among the top 
10 classes in annual giving. Alice Cary 
Farmer Brown has worked tirelessly on 
this, but of course we '59ers deserve a great 
deal of credit too. Both Judy and Alice Cary 
are on the Board of Overseers — a great 
honor and responsibility — and we claim 
them as our own! One of the loveliest and 
most touching events of Alumnae Council 
was the Service of Remembrance in the 
chapel. The service honored alumnae who 
have died in the past year, and also dedicated 
five needlepoint kneelers. Especially touch- 
ing to me was the dedication of the kneeler to 
my mother, donated and stitched by Di 
Doscher Spurdle. 

Many of us are experiencing the "empty 
nest" syndrome. Mary Blair Scott Valen- 
tine's daughter Molly graduated from St. 
Catherine's as the top student in her class 
and won the award as the class leader. She 
is now a freshman at UNC. P. Watson 
Seaman, son of Betsy Duke and Peter, is a 
merit scholarship finalist. He is a senior 
at St. Christopher's. Nina Hopkins Fer- 
guson (newly moved back to Atlanta from 
Asheville, NO has a son. Tommy, at Wood- 
berry Forest. He and Tabb's son Bart, 
16, are in the same class and on the foot- 
ball team together. Also at Woodberry are 
Mary Ballou Handy Ballentine's sons, 
Teddy and Joey Stettinius. Tabb's daughter 
Mary Blair, 14, is now a freshman at St. 
Catherine's. Alice Cary's children are all 
away also. Lyons is a first year man at 
UVa.; Cary, 16, is at Miss Porter's school; 
and Stuart, 14, is at Eaglebrook, where he 
was immediately elected to the student 
government. Like mother, like son? 

Fleming Parker Rutledge spoke in Rich- 
mond at St. Paul's Church last winter. 
Sorrell Mackall McElroy had a festive 
gathering bringing area schoolmates and 
their husbands together to honor Fleming 
and Dick's visit. Fleming's daughter Hey- 
ward and Judy Sorley Chalmer's son Douglas 
both attended Dennis Van der Meer's tennis 
clinic at SBC last summer and had a fabulous 
time. Judy says Douglas is saving every 



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penny so he can return next summer. 

Our working girls keep going on to bigger 
and better things. Courtney Gibson Pelley 
is the new principal of an elementary school 
in Arlington, VA, where she reigns with a 
firm but gentle hand. Susan Taylor Mon- 
tague is doing very well in the real estate 
business in Alexandria (her daughter 
Ashley is doing well also at St. Agnes School, 
where she is a class officer). Betsy Colwill 
Wiegers is once again working full time for 
Time-Life Books and commutes sporadically 
between the new office in Alexandria, VA, 
and NYC. She's so busy, I can't even catch 
her for lunch. In semi-retirement from 
teaching is Ruth Weaver Williams, who 
loves being a homebody again. Husband 
McCrea is a doctor. 

While visiting relatives in Charlotte last 
summer, we had a grand visit with Betsy 
Smith White and Bill. We were most im- 
pressed with their beautiful daughters, 
Katie. 12, and Margaret, 14, and were sorry 
to miss seeing Elizabeth, 16. Our sons, 
Kenneth, 13, and Richard, 11. were overcome 
with adolescent shyness, but the discovery 
that they'd all seen Grease that afternoon 
finally broke the ice. Betsy has been on the 
Executive Board of the Alumnae Association 
and is a recent past president of the Jr. 
League of Charlotte. I wish I'd known that 
Ann Fulenwider Schenck was in Charlotte — 
we could have had a reunion. How about 
in May? 

Vickie Meeks Blair-Smith writes the most 
news-filled Xmas letters every year, and it 
is this class secretary's opinion that she'd 
make a wonderful new one for us. She has a 
real flair, plus all sorts of exciting things 
to tell. For example, since 1970 Hugh's 
Draper Lab group has been advising NASA, 
Rockwell, and IBM on how to make the 
space shuttle's on-board control computer 
system fault tolerant. When Enterprize was 
launched, chaos broke out when a critical 
signal wire had come unstuck. As we know, 
all worked out O.K., and Hugh and col- 
leagues are trying to ready the computers 
for the Orbital Flight Test beginning in 
1979. In addition to all of this, the Blair - 
Smiths are still sailing their yacht to various 
fascinating places with their two small 
children, Robert, 9, and C. C, 8. Vickie is 
still doing volunteer work for two schools and 
is continuing the geneological project 
started by her father on the Meeks family. 

In addition to working full time as 
administrative assistant at a multi-service 
social agency for older adults. Cookie Cooke 
Carle is still active in NOW, does profes- 
sional singing, and cares for Becca, 8, who 
Cookie feels has exceptional talent in music 
and dance. Cookie was very ill last year, but 
has made a full recovery. Pat Davis Sutler has 
established a YWCA child care and parent- 
child program which serves 250 families. 
In June of 1978 Pat completed a two year 
Teacher Education Program at the Institute 
for Psychoanalysis. Trish Chandler Burns 
has three children, Patti, 11, Meredith, 10, 
and Andy, 4. She is co-owner of a gift shop 
and particularly enjoys her buying trips. 
She had a grand visit with Susan Glass Pit- 
kethley, whose husband is a neuro-surgeon 
in Washington State and was in Atlanta 
for a convention. Kitty Watjen Fleming's 
husband Fred is back at the Pentagon, and 
the family is delighted to be in Virginia. 
Lynn, 19, is a freshman at George Mason 



U. Kitty's other children are Rich, 16, and 
Barbie, 14. 

Our most adventurous travelers seems to 
be Cecil Martin Pearsall, who with Mack 
and son Brad, 13, visited Egypt, Syria, 
Jordon, Israel, and Greece in July of '77 
while Egypt was having a border war with 
Libya. The previous summer the Pearsalls 
were in Capetown when 27 people were 
killed. Away from the strife was Anne Wim- 
bish Kasanin. whose family spent 10 perfect 
days on Kauai. Anne also found peace and 
beauty at SBC when she visited and wished 
that we had had the wonderful new pool 
when were there (We'll have a swim party at 
reunion!). 

Susan Timberlake Thomas and Cal spend 
most of their fall weekends going to Episcopal 
High School to watch their son Steuart 
lead the football team to victories. Also at 
E.H.S. is Will Carter, Elsie Prichard Carter 
and Billy's son, who is excelling academically 
and on the tennis courts. 

On October 16, 1978, Jane Wheeler 
Garcia gave birth to a son, Augustus Israel 
Garcia, her third child and second son. Jane 
has happily taken a two-year leave of absence 
from her job to enjoy her baby and the life 
of a full-time homemaker. Virginia Ramsey 
Crawford, on the other hand, has returned 
to work as a school librarian after a year's 
leave of absence — much rested, more 
enthusiastic and invigorated. Her oldest 
daughter is a freshman at the U. of Vermont. 

Ann Pegram Harris writes that son Jack 
Lyle is a junior at UVa, daughter Martha 
Lyle is about to graduate from Westminster 
School, son Jay Lyle is a sophomore wrestler at 
Westminster, and Byron is a freshman foot- 
ball player at Westminster. Ann is president 
of PAWS (Parents Associated With Schools) 
— at Westminster, no doubt. 

Chuck and I and ours are all fine. I am 
fat and forty (plus!) but of course intend 
to be gorgeous by reunion time (as I know 
all of you will be!). My mind is being vaguely 
challenged by an Antique Furniture course, 
but more so by my 13-year-old son. I am 
still plugging along at tennis — liking it 
more and playing it worse. We are all 
delighted with our new house, but a bit 
awed by the yard work required. We had 
a six-week visit from my sister Louise 
Durham Purvis '62 and all her Scottish 
family. We were astonished (and distressed) 
to see how far ahead academically the 
Scottish children are of their American 
peers. Do you think we'll ever get back to 
basics? 

That seems to be the news. Let me stress 
one last time how beautiful and inspiring 
SBC is today. I hope you will all come in May 
and verify my feelings. How wonderful it 
will be to be with our super class again. I hope 
to see you all there! This will be my last 
edition of the '59 news. It's been a pleasure 
and a joy. Thank you for asking me! 



1963 



Secretary 

Allison Stemmons Simon (Mrs. Heinz K.), 

3213 Salinas Ct., Irving. TX 75062 

Fund Agent 

Ann Carter Brothers (Mrs. John C). 1008 



Chancery Ln., Nashville, TN 37215 

Births 

Katherine Louise, born April 17, 1978, 

adopted April 21, 1978, by Nancy Dixon 

and Donald S. Brown (1st child). 

Son to Laura Lee Brown Deters and Leonidas 

Everything seems anticlimactic after our 
super 15th Reunion last May, but it is fun 
as usual to get updated news from lots of 
our classmates. Writing this so soon after 
our reunion newsletter makes me feel really 
in touch. 

From Denmark, Harriet Reese Jensen 
writes, "We are, as ever, farming, raising our 
children, horses and dogs, and in general 
very busy. We would love to welcome any 
SBC's especially from the class of '63." And 
from Paris, France, Sallie Yon Williams 
reports that she had to give up her job as 
director of LaVarenne, the famous cooking 
school, to care for Peter's mother who be- 
came ill and died last spring. Sallie is con- 
tinuing her culinary career, however, among 
other things cooking for a California wine 
festival with a two-star chef from Aix-en- 
Provence. She is also resuming her writing 
and editing. Her boys are Whitridge, 6'/i 
and Courtney, 3, and they ski yearly with 
Sallie and Peter. 

From Caribou. ME, Jane Yardley Page 
writes, "We continue our romance with the 
North Maine woods, camping canoeing and 
hiking." Her daughter Emily, 5, started 
bi-lingual (French and English) kindergarten 
last fall. 

This past summer Barbara Sullivan and 
Art Wanamaker and their three children 
moved back to the States after many years 
in London and have built a house on East 
Neck Road in Rye, NY. She joins our large 
New York contingent, who are among the 
best when it comes to responses to pleas 
for news. From Victor, NY, Pat Calkins 
Wilder writes that she has happily turned 
her fund raising duties for our class over 
to Anne Carter Brothers and has concen- 
trated this past summer on preparing their 
horses for fall fox-hunting and cross- 
country carriage drives. Pat and Mike have 
three children, Chris, 11, Alan, 8, and Kelley. 
7, all involved in sports and musical activities, 
and Pat says she is getting the first glimpses 
of how to run a taxi company. Lyn Clark 
Pegg, John, and children live in Glovers- 
ville, NY, where Lyn is proprietor of two 
Adirondack Folkwares locations. She is 
also president of Big Brothers and Big 
Sisters of Fulton County. Hazel Walling 
Nourse, David and their three children 
live in Bedford, NY, and Hazel writes that 
now that her youngest is in 2nd grade she is 
fulfilling a long-time dream of attending 
law school at Fordham U. Robin Harris 
Russell writes from Chappaqua that she 
has kept busy this past year working on a 
book, "just a small, 96-page photo essay 
on Rye, but fun to research and edit." Robin 
also reports that little Russell #3 was 
imminent in November, and "by the miracles 
of modern science, I'm told it's a girl this 
time!" From Painted Post, NY, Margaret 
Millender Holmes reports that her family has 
fallen in love with their small town since 
moving there two years ago, "everything 
but the unbelievable cost of living." George 
and Steve play soccer, and Margaret and 
husband Tom have become avid cross- 
country skiers. Margaret works part time 
as a computer consultant. Doris Chu Yeko 



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and daughter Jennifer, 5, live in Englewood. 
NJ, where Doris is producing Broadway 
and off-Broadway musicals for phonograph 
records. 

Pru Gay writes from Arlington, MA, 
"Sorry to have missed reunion but was out 
camping with sixth graders at the time!" 
Pru has developed both an adaptive Out- 
ward Bound program and a racial awareness 
program for her elementary school students. 
And our Connecticut contingent . . . Nancy 
McDowell Fairbanks has three children, 
Ted, 12, and Kathy and Andy, 10. Her hus- 
band Hap is Director of Freshman English 
and Associate Professor of English at U. 
Conn, and they live in "rural, idyllic Storrs." 
(Nancy says, "Our children are finally 
learning how to cross streets with stop 
lights!") Nancy works as a school social 
worker in Manchester, CT. Deborah Doherty 
now lives in Middlebury, CT, where she works 
part time as a staff psychologist for Newing- 
ton Children's Hospital while finishing her 
dissertation. She says, "Upon becoming 
Dr. Doherty I think I'll just retire!" Ann 
Funkhouser Strite writes from Ridgefield, 
CT, that she and her husband enjoyed a 
visit with Missy Lohr and Graham Randolph 
at the horse races in West Virginia this 
past summer. Ann is president of her local 
chapter of the National Embroiderers' 
Guild and will attend and demonstrate at 
several exhibits this fall. Nikki Griess 
Deupree, Tom, Karolen, 10, and Taylor, 
7, moved from Toledo, OH, to Suffield. CT, 
a year ago. Tom is in the landscape nursery 
business and Nikki is involved with antique 
shows. However their big family project is 
renovating their home — first an 1830 Greek 
Revival house which they sold, and now a 
Federal Colonial built in 1794, a major 
undertaking including new heating and 
plumbing. They are living in a three-bed- 
room cottage on the 18-acre property while 
renovations go forward. 

Our attorney, Polly Wirtzman Craighill, 
has been recently appointed Director of 
the Consumer Impact Division of the Dept. 
of Energy and is looking forward to being 
in Washington, DC, on a fulltime basis 
again. She was formerly with the Florida 
Solar Energy Center. Close by are Sue Jones 
Cansler "in a happy and busy rut" in 
Alexandria, VA, and Cheri Fitzgerald 
Burchard, whose husband is in his final 
year at Virginia Theological Seminary and 
next year will enter the Episcopal priest- 
hood. Mary Lou Morton and Charlie live 
in Warrenton, VA, where they will be adding 
to their guest house this fall. Their home 
will be open for garden week next spring. A 
long and newsy note came from Ella Brown 
Hughes, who is teaching Latin I-V at 
Brookville High School in Lynchburg. 
They have more Latin students in the high 
school than Spanish or French! Ella has 
taken five groups of students on trips to 
Italy, in addition to raising her own four. 
Duane. her oldest, will graduate from high 
school this spring. Cheri is a junior, Mark 
is a 5th grader and Stacie is in 4th. Lucy 
Boyd Lemon Edmunds writes from Rich- 
mond that she has had a real Sweet Briar 
year — first reunion, then Alumnae Council 
at which she saw Sue Jones Cansler, Nancy 
Roberts Pope, Jessica Bemis Ward and 
Lisa Wood Franklin, and then she went to 
Washington, DC, to visit her old roommate 
Sally Strain. 



Linda Wolfrum Reynolds and husband 
Walter, who raise and train horses for the 
show ring and combined training, this year 
had the highscore champion yearling in 
Maryland. In addition to their farm life in 
Hampstead, MD, Walter has started his own 
Landscape Architecture/Land Use Plan- 
ning office, and Linda works at Johns 
Hopkins Hospital in the Genetics lab. 

From Tennessee comes news from Leslie 
Buchman Richardson that she is teaching 
a class of first-year Italian at the U. of the 
South. Next year when her husband Dale 
is on sabbatical the Richardsons plan to 
go to London for a semester. Anne Carter 
Brothers' summer plans in Nashville were 
shortcircuited by her father's unexpected 
illness following surgery. She has spent the 
summer close to the hospital, and of course 
we all send best wishes for his speedy 
recovery. Lee Kucewicz Parham is busy in 
Chattanooga with her "Christmas Corner" 
Christmas Shop. 

Ann Clute Obenshain and Boyd live in 
Peewee Valley, KY, where Boyd has a new 
position as marketing manager with a toy 
firm which his girls, Liza (5) and Meg (2) 
just love. Also in Kentucky, Laura Brown 
Deters has a new son, born last spring. She 
is taking a photography class and recently 
received a surprise gift: a beautiful jumper. 
("I never jumped a horse in my life!") In 
November, Laura had a museum purchase 
trip to New York. Leslie Smith Elgar and 
her three daughters, 9, 11 and 12, live in 
Whitefish Bay, a suburb of Milwaukee, WI. 
Leslie graduated from U. of Michigan and 
has held several jobs, the most recent in 
purchasing. She is active in two single 
parents' organizations. 

From Charlotte, NC, Lucy Otis Anderson 
says she is usually on a "fetch and carry 
mission" for Lucy (6'/i), who is in first grade 
and finds sitting still her most difficult 
adjustment, and Shirley (3'/2), "a marvelous 
supervisor — she'll run anything, given the 
chance." Lucy's husband David is with the 
North Carolina National Bank. Betsy Parker 
McColl reports her Eliza is a "non-stop 
toddler with chronic skinned knees and a 
passion for tennis balls." Small wonder, 
since Eliza's mommy won the South Carolina 
35 Singles, Doubles and Mixed-Doubles 
championships this past summer. 

From Atlanta, Nancy Dixon Brown 
reports that she spends most of her time 
now playing with and watching daughter 
Katherine Louise, adopted last April. In 
August the Browns had a visit from Julia 
Arnold Morey and Russell who had wel- 
comed a grandson in June, named Russell 
after his grandfather. Julia says Nancy's 
Katherine is "almost as cute as Russell!" 
Julia and Russell live in New York and had 
just returned from a vacation in Northern 
Portugal. Betty Stanly will be off to Kenya 
in January, and her travel agency has just 
sent a second tour group to China. Betty 
also mentioned seeing the Moreys, as well 
as a visit with Meta Bond Magevney who 
has just opened a Christmas Shop in 
Jacksonville. FL. Ginger Cates Mitchell 
reports she was sorry to miss reunion but 
was playing Matron of Honor to her sister 
that weekend. Her children are 12, 8 and 4 
and keep her busy; husband Mitch is 
starting his own business — "very exciting 
and very scary!" 

And from the Texans. Ann Knicker- 



bocker McCulloch writes from Houston 
that she and her husband and children 
made a "pilgrimage" to Sweet Briar this 
past July. "What nostalgia to take them to 
2nd floor Grammar to view Pat Calkins and 
my room and to explain my natural reflex 
to yell 'flushing' when availing myself of 
the John." Marta Sweet Colangelo, also 
from Houston, writes that her life revolves 
around the activities of her 1st and 3rd 
graders, and that "come April a little sur- 
prise package will arrive and carry me 
backward to 2 a.m. feedings and diapers." 
Judy Gutches Needham missed reunion 
because of a severe case of hepatitis but 
is recovered now. Her husband is in life 
insurance management, and children Jill 
(11), Mike (9) and Jeff (6) stay busy with 
school and soccer. Keitt Matheson Wood 
used my reply card to set a date to come to 
Dallas for a visit, and she and Frank spent 
a delightful evening with Heinz and me. 
They have just returned from a fantastic 
eight-day float trip thru the Grand Canyon. 
January will find all four Woods in Snow- 
mass for skiing. Frank's orthopedic surgical 
clinic in Paris, TX, continues most success- 
ful. 

Karen Gill Meyer and husband Jim also 
enjoyed a recent Colorado River float trip, 
as well as a trip to last year's Super Bowl. 
Their son Randy (9) won 2nd place in State 
(Arizona) in AAU Swimming competition, 
and daughter Kristin (6) is into horseback 
riding and gymnastics. 

Lu Gardner Grummon was elected to 
the School Board of Wheatland, WY. and 
is vice chairman of the local Republican 
party. Chris Devol Wardlow and family, 
who live in Littleton, CO, moved recently 
to a new house only a mile from their former 
one. Chris is a buyer for a manufacturing 
company and enjoys the work and a four 
day work week! 

Lots of news from California! Carol 
Crowley Karm and her family are active 
travellers, including visits to Lake Tahoe 
where they rode the rapids on rafts, rode 
horses and hiked, the Grand Canyon, Painted 
Desert, etc. Carol and Bill will visit the Far 
East in the spring. Carol is a docent at the 
L. A. Museum of Natural History and 
teaches a Great Books course, plays tennis 
and takes ballet. Nancy Wood writes, 
"I'm no longer doing campus ministry. 
I still regard Cleveland as 'home' but have 
begun a 4-year Ph.D. program at the 
California Institute of Transpersonal 
Psychology in Menlo Park, CA." Nancy is 
thoroughly enjoying this new experience. 
Cynthia Hooten Magowan graduated 
this past June from U. of California with 
honors in Psychology. 

Things continue hectic on the Simon 
home front, with both businesses thriving — 
the travel agency now sports nine em- 
ployees, and our businessmen's "town 
club" has over six hundred members. 
Heinz and I work early and late, but love 
it. Our oldest daughter, Karen, is in her 
sophomore year at Colorado U. and will 
go around the world this year on a "Semes- 
ter at Sea" program. Kim is a senior in 
high school currently all wrapped up in a 
staring role in the Senior Play. It is hard 
to believe that this time next year both 
little chicks will have flown the nest! 
Heinz and I were in Berlin last April for 
a visit with his mother, and she is coming 



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here in November, her first visit since our 
wedding. Time to polish up the German 
again! 

With the completion of these notes I 
will turn over the job of Oass Secretary 
to Ann Funkhouser Strife, and I hope 
you will all be as generous to her with 
your news as you have been to me. I've 
loved the job and will miss the yearly 
contacts with old friends. 



1967 



Secretary 

Judith L. Bensen, 160 E. 38th St., New York, 

NY 10016 

Fund Agent 

Beth Glaser Morchower (Mrs. Michael), 1 10 

Tempsford Ln.. Richmond, VA 23226 

Births: 

Leslie Cleapor to Paula Ayotte and Hobart 

Corwin, Jan., 1978 

Thomas Wilson III to Susan Jester and 

Thomas Jenkins, Feb. 2, 1978 

Dana Elizabeth to Dottie Dana and Bill King, 

June 26, 1978 

Nancy Glynne to Gretchen Ballard and David 

Barber, Aug. 5, 1978 

Elizabeth Courtney to Martha Meehan and 

Tom Elgar, Sept. 18, 1978 

Sarah Jamison to Linda File and Herb 

Trimpe, Oct. 14, 1978 

Hello to the class of 1967. Thank you for 
such a big response to my newsletter. I re- 
ceived over 30 letters and even heard from 
some lost members. So I'll share my news with 
you all. 

Lynn Gulleit Strazzin, newly remarried and 
a stepmother to two, has moved from Virginia 
to Germany. Her husband Ed is in the Army 
and Lynn works as a counselor for soldiers in 
an Army Education Center. Their summer 
was spent traveling around Europe. 

Margaret Mapp Young writes from Ac- 
comae, VA. that being a wife, mother, volun- 
teer worker and homemaker compared to run- 
ning a small business. She and Dick have been 
working on redecorating his new law office, 
and in spite of their three sons Margaret finds 
time to volunteer for a preschool reading 
group and library duty. 

Gretchen Bullard Barber and David have a 
new addition who will grow up in Pennsyl- 
vania with an Anglo-Southern touch. Gret- 
chen is on leave of absence from AT&T while 
her husband works in Wilmington. DE. for 
ICI, a British chemical firm. They visited with 
old roommate Mary Lindsay and her family in 
North Carolina this summer. And speaking of 
Mary Lindsay Smith Newson, she wrote from 
Roanoke Rapids, NC, that she and Mac 
traveled to London and Paris in June. Busy 
with daughter Kate, jogging, and many civic 
duties. Mary Lindsay still finds time to be an 
official SBC hostess. Bill and Sue Morck 
Perrin stopped by on the way from their new 
home in Greenwich, CT, to Hilton Head, SC. 
She has also seen Sally Haskell Hulcher who 
has two adorable children, 2 yrs. and 10 mos.. 
carrot tops, no less. Peggy Handley Fitzgerald 
with her two sons in nursery school has finally 
found some free time. Page Munroe Renger 
wrote of her family's visit to the Newsons' 
Lake Gaston house and her and John's sum- 



mer at Myrtle Beach, SC, with their 6-and 4- 
year-olds. Page is busy with her church guild, 
bridge, needlepoint and jogging two to three 
miles a day. 

Judy//av Speary and Bill live in Barnesville, 
MD, with their two children in a solar-heated 
home they are decorating. Judy, when not 
baking bread and making jam, teaches com- 
puter programming courses at NIH and in 
spare time plays with her personal "pet" com- 
puter. 

Peggy Pittman Patterson teaches history 
and religion at the Episcopal School of Dallas, 
while husband Dwight works for a computer 
firm. They have three children. 

Daphne Daynham White, a mother of two 
children, also is in Dallas. She is in real estate, 
specializing in residential and condominium 
sales, while husband Kemble is a lawyer. 

Some long-unheard-from classmembers 
wrote of their news. Paula Ayotte Corwin and 
husband Hobie live in Marietta. GA. Hobie is 
V.P. of Finance and Treasurer of a trucking 
firm in Atlanta. Paula, a new mother, using 
her IBM experience is doing freelance com- 
puter systems work two or three days a week. 
Lillian Rothe Gee and husband Mark are liv- 
ing in Newport, RI. They have two daughters. 
9 and 5, and an 8-mos.-old son. Lillian retired 
from politics as Newport City Councilwoman 
and is now involved in real estate. Nancy Pen- 
dergrass Scott and Jeffrey live in an 1840 
townhouse in Bordertown, NJ, that they are 
busy restoring. Nancy manages a garden cen- 
ter and is doing landscape designing, while 
her husband is an account executive with an 
advertising agency in NYC. 

Carroll Randolph Barr wrote of many visits 
with family and friends and a busy summer. 
She and Michael visited with Ina Brown 
Husselman and Billy at the Kentucky Derby. 
Carroll found it a real thrill and ran into many 
old SBC, Hollins. Deke, Beta and Zeta friends 
and even spotted Billy Carter, Bob Hope and 
Cheryl Tiegs. Carroll is also taking flying les- 
sons and when not piloting herself she plays 
chief navigator for pilot Mike. 

Sally Twedell Bagley, who lives in Rich- 
mond, VA, is teaching piano. No surprise is 
that daughter Betsy, 8, loves all kinds of 
music. Sally is involved with the woman's 
committee of the Richmond Symphony and 
the Musicians Club. She and husband Phil 
plan a trip in the Fall to Amsterdam and Paris 
with the Richmond Bar Association. 

Mary MeCall Mastin is practicing law with 
the Juvenile Court System and living in Chat- 
tanooga. TN. 

Dolly Caballero Saliva just graduated from 
the U. Puerto Rico and received her B.A. with 
her three proud children in attendance. Both 
she and husband Julio are working for the 
pro-statehood party with hopes that PR will be 
the 51st state. On a recent visit to Spain. Dolly 
saw Ginny Carpenter Delgado and her family. 

Stephanie Lucas Harrison and Dick are still 
exploring Mexico and finding incredibly beau- 
tiful Indian ruins practically in their back- 
yard. Stephanie has joined a ladies choral 
group and is chair person of Mexico City's 
Newcomers Club Gourmet Group, which gives 
her the excuse to eat yummy things. She is 
looking forward to her visit to the states this 
winter and being able to drink water from the 
tap. 

Dottie Dana King and husband Bill now 
have a daughter to add to their family of two 
sons in Jacksonville, FL. They moved to a new 
house four blocks away, but one with lots of 



bedrooms. 

Susan Jester Jenkins is now "retired" from 
the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond after 
10 years and is now mothering the "cutest 
baby boy you'll ever see." 

Beverly Bradshaw Blake and Kendall are fi- 
nally leaving Memphis, TN. After Kendall fin- 
ishes his orthopedic residency, he will be prac- 
ticing in Jackson, MS. Beverly writes that after 
"10'/2 years of marriage they will finally be 
grownups." They have two children, 8 and 4, 
and she is into smocking, silk flowers and 
quilting. Bev looks forward to decorating her 
new home — better, she hopes, than her room 
at SBC. 

Bonnie Blew Pierie and Tim had a busy 
summer with trips to Rhode Island beaches 
and to a sailing resort near Booth Bay Harbor, 
ME. With her youngest in nursery school, 
Bonnie finally has found time to play and ride 
her horses all she wants at their farm in Graf- 
ton, MA. 

Ellie Spivey Decker sent news from the 
prairies of South Dakota. Her summer was 
full of boating, water skiing and horse activ- 
ities and the doings of three children, the old- 
est just starting kindergarten. Ellie misses her 
SBC friends and pleads that if anyone is pass- 
ing through Pierre, SD, do call her. 

I had a lovely visit with Mary Cary Ambler 
Finley at her beautiful NYC Riverside Drive 
apartment. She and John have a beautiful son 
who is their pride and joy. The Finleys are 
looking forward to a visit to Paris in the spring 
and Mary Cary is President of the NYC Alum- 
nae Club. Her apartment is filled with beauti- 
fully created silk flower arrangements. 

Linda Fite and husband Herb Trimpe wel- 
comed their third (and final, Linda says) child 
in October. Sarah's arrival didn't seem to in- 
terrupt Linda's routine: she went flying with 
Herb in their open-cockpit biplane the week- 
end before and the weekend after Sara's birth. 
A month later she expected to be back at her 
freelance work. 

Martha Meehan Elgar wrote directly from 
her hospital bed in Louisville, KY, after the 
birth of their daughter. Her other two chil- 
dren, 7 and 4, were so thrilled that they can't 
wait to take her to school for show and tell. 
Martha co-edited her Junior League's produc- 
tion The Cooking Book and is involved in 
many league activities. 

Maria Wigglesworth Hemmings, Jeff and 
daughter Emery are living in New Canaan, 
CT, and she has been busy shuffling data 
processing work, babysitters, family and 
homemaking. Maria is doing consulting 
work which involves some traveling and is 
enjoying it. 

Charlotte Hoskins Page is over halfway 
through her M.B.A. at U. of Oregon and asks 
that anyone near Eugene, OR. please look her 
up. 

Baird Shinberger Bell is teaching biology 
and physical science at St. Mary's Hall, a pri- 
vate school in San Antonio, TX. Her husband 
Bill is secretary to the general staff in Head- 
quarters Health Services, USA, and Baird. 
Bill and their two sons plan to stay in San An- 
tonio two more years. 

Barbie Tillman Goodwin is working with 
the Birmingham , AL, City Board of Education 
driving the artmobile with exhibits to elemen- 
tary schools in the Birmingham area. After be- 
ing certified to teach. Barbie loves this as there 
are no lesson plans to prepare. Besides 
mothering two children. Barbie worked this 
summer proofreading and indexing books for 



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Oxmoor House, a division of Southern Living 
Magazine. 

Stephanie Ewalt Ayers, Rye and their two 
sons visited in Virginia Beach with Lisa Har- 
vey Morton and her family. Stephanie is trav- 
eling to local schools with the Junior League 
Puppet Show (works with Peggy Kennedy 
Brown) and also is involved with the Historic 
Richmond Foundation Jr. Board. 

Eleanor Kidd Crossley and husband Jim 
traveled to Morocco on business this past year, 
with visits to England and Holland. The 
Crossleys visited with Vicki Baker Vlek (their 
ex-babysitter) and her son in Holland. Elea- 
nor's children, who were 2, 4, 5 at SBC, are 
now out of college themselves. However their 
7-year-old son allows Eleanor to be practically 
the oldest mother in the PTA. She should be 
proud. 

As we saw in the Alumnae Magazine, Elder 
Witt, looking lovely, is a writer-editor for the 
Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C. 

Well that's all there is. Please continue to 
keep me informed of your comings and go- 
ings. I've enjoyed all the letters you've sent. As 
you have all heard, your class secretary has 
moved to NYC after 10 years in Boston. See 
what love can do! I have been job hunting and 
hope I will soon be a women's executive with 
some firm here in the big city. I guess being a 
housewife is not for me. 

My best to you all for a good 1979. 



1971 



Secretary 

Amanda C. Megargee, P. O. Box 36, Al- 
berta, VA 23821 
Fund Agent 

Pamolu Oldham, P. O. Box 124, Sanford, 
NC 27330 
Marriages 

Sherrill Marks to Hugh Hunter Byrd 
Births 

Claiborne Henebry to Mary Frances Oakey 
Marshall and Herman 

Molly Butler to Ginger Lord McKee and 
Robert 

Emily Stevens to Kathy Garcia Pegues and 
John 

Meredith Ellen to Mary Lyman Ray and 
Robert 

Matthew Dempsey to Louise Dempsey 
McKean and Ted 

Croft Anderson to Becky Bottomly Meeker 
and David 

Katherine Caulkins to Katherine Wilson 
Lamb and Rex 

Aaron Matthew to Denise Wisell Gustafson 
and Paul 

Jessa Wilson to Kathy Wilson Martin and 
Billy 

Katherine Elizabeth to Mimi Boyd Yount 
and Richard 

John Hudson to Dorrie Wedzig Brand and 
Skip 

Jon Mackie to Margaret Mackie Sanders and 
D. P. 

Helen Mallory to Martha Stewart Crosland 
and Ed 

Kathy Garcia Pegues' news was pretty 
exciting. I heard from her on Oct. 13 that 
she had a little girl the week before. So she 
is going to retire from teaching for a few 
years to enjoy Emily and the countryside 



around Warrenton. 

Katie Horan is still being kept busy by 
Bloomingdile's. She says she finds time to 
ride several times a week and to travel. She 
spent her winter vacation in Brazil and her 
summer vacation in Egypt and Greece. She 
also has kept up with her art work in between 
trips to NYC for Bloomingdale's. 

Barbara Brand has just completed her 
third year as Administrator of historic 
Hammon Harwood House, a house museum 
in Annapolis. In September she received her 
Master's in Art History from George Wash- 
ington U. Barbara has become a dedicated 
sailor and said that this summer was filled 
with many pleasurable hours on the Chesa- 
peake Bay. 

Carol Everest Lightfoot writes that her 
husband Bill is finishing up his general 
surgery residency but that they will stay in 
Mobile where he will practice. She has a 
part-time job and a full-time job at home 
with 2'/2-year old Malcolm. 

Terry Helm writes that she has been 
teaching trainable mentally retarded children 
for seven years and loves it. She is active in 
many organizations dealing with retarded 
citizens as well as being an area coordinator 
for Special Olympics in Indiana. She is also 
an active member of the Evansville Junior 
League. 

Carolyn Jones Walthall, Julian and David 
are back in Alabama after Julian's year at 
Yale Divinity School. He is pastor of a Presby- 
terian church in a small town near the Gulf 
Coast. They are all enjoying being closer to 
their families and are glad they made the 
decision to return to Alabama. Julian finds 
his work challenging and Carolyn and David 
are enjoying being in a small community. 

Valeria Murphy Robinson and Don are 
still settled comfortably in Richmond. 
Valeria continues to edit the Virginia Journal 
of Education. She and Don spent the month 
of May in northern Spain and are planning 
a trip to England in April. 

Pam Henery Arey writes only that she is 
still alive and well in Richmond, VA. 

I wrote last year that Alix Sommer was 
looking for an assistant principalship. 
Fortunately, she didn't have to look far: 
she has become assistant principal of the 
school where she had taught for 5 1 /! years. 
She misses teaching, but still is very involved 
with the local children's theater in Fredericks- 
burg, currently as the step-mother in 
Cinderella! 

Gale Hull Whetzel and Gene are still in 
Jacksonville, NC, where Gene is a Marine 
Corps attorney. Gale is teaching English 
to Marines who do not have a high school 
diploma! Their son Robin will be joined by 
a sibling New Year's Day, if all goes as 
scheduled. 

Andrea R. Bateman was nominated to 
Outstanding Young Women of America 
this year. She is an assistant state attorney in 
Barlow, FL, doing felony work and is very 
happy. 

I'm not sure I can even spell all the things 
Pattie Schwaim is doing, but at present she 
is completing her Ph.D. in Evolutionary 
Biology at the U. of Chicago and teaching 
histology to medical students there. She 
commutes to Central and South America to 
collect tropical tree frogs and she will be 
doing the same in the rain-forests of Ecuador 
this winter. She loves her work. 

Carter Burns Cunningham and David 



are still enjoying Washington. They are 
bankers in rival banks but Carter is in com- 
mercial loans and David is in trusts. 

Becky Bottomly Meeker is proud to 
announce that a third son has come to join 
their family. Becky is playing tennis, taking 
ballet, working on an arts and education 
committee in Dayton and volunteering at 
the Children's Medical Center. With all 
that, three sons, two golden retrievers and a 
husband, I guess she does keep busy! 

Kathy Wilson Lamb said my card was 
well timed. She and Rex just had their second 
daughter, Kate, on October 8. They love 
Atlanta, where Kathy plays tennis, does 
volunteer work at the museum and tries to 
keep up with a three-year-old and a new 
baby. 

I'm really pleased this year to hear from 
several people that haven't written since I've 
been secretary. Ann Webster Danford and 
Jim are living in Tallahassee in a red salt 
box that they're building themselves. Jim is 
a builder and Ann is an interior designer; so 
she designs huuses and he builds them. They 
have a 2'/i-year-old son, Robert. Becky 
Randolph visited them in their coast cottage 
this summer. Ann says the Washington 
business world must agree with Becky because 
she looks great. Becky is, I believe, working 
for Price Waterhouse, but I'm not sure 
because she doesn't return phone calls from 
old roommates. 

Another stranger 1 was so happy to hear 
from was Palmer Gulley Graham. She and 
Barry are living in Rome, GA, his hometown. 
While Barry practices law, Palmer is the 
Registrar at Shorter College. She is also 
teaching English there and loves it. 

Caroline Gibbes is about to finish her 
opthamology residency! But now she must 
decide where to go into private practice and, 
as she says, it's a big decision. She saw Peggy 
McElveen on a trip to Columbia, SC. She 
says Peggy is teaching riding and enjoying it. 

Kathy Burns Smith is the Marketing 
Director for Software Education Corporation 
in New York City. She says it involves getting 
to know all the best restaurants in town; so 
I guess it's a good thing she and her husband 
Barry keep in shape with tennis, running 
and racketball. She also is involved in Yoga 
and Tai Chi. She's continuing her education 
at the American Management Association 
and IBM. She says no kids, station wagons 
or houses yet. 

Anne Milbank Mell reports that her first 
year as a mother has been very busy and a 
whole lot of fun. She's been active in her 
Junior Woman's Club and ran the local 
United Way Pet Show — a million kids with 
a very wide variety of pets! She says they 
seem to spend all their time and energy paint- 
ing, redecorating, gardening and playing 
lots of tennis. Libby Tyree Taylor visited 
Ann this summer, and she was expecting 
Jeanette Bush in a few days. Carolyn Jones 
Walthall, Julian and David stopped by on 
their way from New Haven to Foley, AL. 

Libby Tyree and Barry Taylor are still in 
San Francisco, where Libby enjoys teaching 
a 3rd- and 4th-grade class and Barry has a 
law practice. They are looking forward to 
a great ski season. Libby misses Jeanette 
Bush, who works as a legal assistant in San 
Francisco but is taking a four-month leave 
of absence to travel, visiting family in Texas 
and friends all along the East Coast. 

Wendy Weiler Maffucci, though still work- 



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ing for the same company she has been with 
almost six years, has now moved to New 
York City. She is presently Director of Ad- 
ministration and Planning for a national 
service company and travels extensively. She 
ran into Marguerite Smith Stevens in Wash- 
ington. DC, where she is a lawyer. Wendy 
also visited her sister at Sweet Briar and 
had a chance to admire the pool and the 
renovated Benedict. 

Carol D. Cooper was selected an Outstand- 
ing Handicapped Federal Employee for 
1978 with a picture and write-up in the 
Civil Service magazine. 

Kate Worobec Story and Steve have bought 
a home in Jacksonville, FL, where Steve is 
with a leading tax law firm, having received 
a law degree from the U. of Georgia and a 
doctorate in tax law from the U. of Florida. 
Kate is with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner 
& Smith and doing volunteer work at Cummer 
Gallery. She reports that Karen Larrick 
Hahn is working for an insurance company 
in Atlanta. 

Martha Roton Terry and Jack live in 
Mobile, where Martha is doing computer 
programming with Morrison's, Inc., a 
cafeteria chain. She and Jack enjoy frequent 
weekend fishing trips on their new boat. 

Pamolu Oldham is teaching courses at a 
technical institute in Fayetteville, NC, and 
living in a 175-year-old house she moved to 
a farm and is restoring. She has given poetry 
and fiction workshops, had some stories 
published (one is an anthology entitled 
Love Stories by New Women), and helped 
edit a collection of photography and poetry 
by 70 and 80-year-olds. She's taking welding 
at night! 

Elizabeth Glassman has been busier than 
most lately, juggling three jobs. She's writing 
a catalogue of the Print Collection of Domin- 
que de Menil. She is also teaching at the U. 
of Houston "The History of Photography" 
in the Art History Department. And she is 
co-curator of an exhibition and catalogue for 
the Detroit Institute of Arts, based on the 
research for her Masters Thesis on a photo- 
graphy process — the Cliche-verre. She says 
there'll be hectic times ahead but considering 
that she'll have to travel to Europe to do 
more research for the Detroit project, it 
doesn't sound all bad to me. Liz is also 
running — well enough to compete in a 
woman's only six mile race and finish well. 

Michella English is in her second and 
final year at the Yale School of Organization 
and Management, with the prospect of 
obtaining her Master's in May. She says 
that New Haven has the best pizza she has 
ever eaten and is close to NYC, but she's 
looking forward to being back in Washington 
in the fall of 1979. 

Denise Wisell Gustafson has been busy 
taking care of her young son Aaron. She 
also nominated Alix Sommer and Jill Min- 
nema to Outstanding Young Women in 
America, and they were both chosen. 

Jill Minnema is still working for her Dad's 
construction company. She is also still enjoy- 
ing her work as the only woman member of 
the Township of Hawthorne, NJ, Planning 
Board. 

Louise Archer Slater reports that she and 
John had a great visit in Houston on their 
way back from San Francisco last May. 
They got together with Lind Dore', Bev 
VanZandt Stelle and Allyson Priest Cook 
'73. They went sailing on Bev's boat and 



Lind arranged a trip for them to the Alley 
Theatre. Louise also says they are expecting 
a baby boy in January and are involved in 
an extensive renovation of their house. 

Cindie Cook reports that she is still hard 
at work on her Ph.D. in reading and lan- 
guage arts education. She is also a teaching 
assistant, teaching undergraduate courses in 
her field and working in an alternative teacher 
education program. She loves it but will be 
pleased when she has finished her degree. 

The news from Sheboygan, Wl, is that 
Linda Lewis Brauer and Warren are settled 
now that he has finished his family practice 
residency. They live a block from Lake 
Michigan and love the country there. Their 
twin boys are a year old and Linda is prac- 
ticing children's dentistry two days a week. 
She says she never thought she'd go to work 
to relax! They spent a day with Kathy Wilson 
Martin and her husband and children when 
they were in Sheboygan this summer visiting 
Kathy's sister. 

Linda Barbeck Becker says they are en- 
joying living in Casper. WY, and the beautiful 
countryside in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. 
She has returned to work as a medical tech- 
nologist in a private medical laboratory and 
her job, along with her yard, keeps her busy. 

The news from the Richmond area this 
year seems to be that all is well with few big 
changes. Wendy Norton Brown says she 
and Lee are enjoying their new house and 
their two-year-old son David, but otherwise 
all is quiet. 

Another report that all is well comes from 
Liz Mumford, who teaches art to grades 
1-8. She did report that she took an excellent 
lithography course this summer. She even 
enjoyed hand-cranking a press in 101 degree 
weather! 

In Grand Rapids, Nancy Wood Ambrosino 
and Drake and one-year-old Benjamin are 
looking forward to a cold, snowv winter. Of 
course, if you have a shop devoted to cross- 
country skiing and biking you would too! 

From Houston Mimi Boyd Yount an- 
nounced that her son is now a big brother. 
Katherine joined the family in September, 
bringing more happiness and more chaos. 
Mimi says they will soon have t" look for a 
bigger house as theirs seems to get smaller 
and smaller. 

By the time this is printed C lire Kinnett 
Tate says she and John will be resettled in 
Charlotte. NC. John's home town, where he 
will be a banker. 

We know that Lendon Grav is always 
riding, but it's fun to know where. She is 
living full time in Maine, schooling, teaching 
and learning herself. She spe^t a month 
competing in England and Germany with 
the USET. This fall with thrc horses she 
won a national championship an I two reserve 
national championships. Her family is build- 
ing an indoor arena so that the whole horse- 
mad family can ride through the Maine 
winter. Lendon is working in hopes of trying 
out for the Pan-American Games in Puerto 
Rico next year and, to quote her, "There's 
always Moscow in '80 to look forw ard to!" 

I heard from Leigh Edens Hudgins' mother- 
in-law that she had won an International 
Rotary Scholarship and she and Wren are 
now living in Grenoble. They traveled in 
France, Switzerland. Poland. Russia and 
Scandinavia before arriving in Grenoble. 

From Powhatan, VA, Marg iret Mackie 
Sanders reports that she is in he last year 



of her radiology residency. She also had a 
son this month! 

Half-way across the country from Mar- 
garet Mackie Sanders, Barb Wuehrmann 
is in the final year of her family practice 
residency in Grand Rapids. She is unsure of 
her destination after July but she is consider- 
ing Colorado, Northern California and the 
Virginia-D.C. area. But if anyone has a job 
opening, let her know, she'll consider all 
offers. 

Another serious runner in our midst is 
Cathy Gross Hendren. She wrote that she is 
averaging over 25 miles a week and increasing 
her distance all the time. She says it is the very 
best confidence builder she's ever found and 
she feels wonderful. 

The biggest change in Dorrie Wedzig 
Brand's life is her son John. She and Skip 
live in Elmira, NY, but she manages to get 
home to Colorado fairly often. 

Anne Howe Nelson and John were expect- 
ing their first child in October. They are 
still in the Air Force in Forth Worth and Anne 
is busy with Junior League, two six-month - 
old Labrador Retrievers and other projects. 

Martha Stewart Crosland and Ed have 
had an active year chasing after their little 
girl Helen. Martha is an attorney with the 
General Counsel's office of the Dept. of 
Energy. Martha reports that she was in 
Sherrill Marks Byrd's wedding this past 
April and enjoyed seeing Louise Archer Slater 
there. 

Carol Remington Foglesong. Rick and 
son Eric have become entrenched in Amherst, 
MA. Rick is teaching at Amherst and Carol 
is working for Mt. Holyoke in the Develop- 
ment Office. She says she now understands 
why we all get so many pleas for money, now 
that she's asking other people for their 
money! 

In Alabama Linda Whitlow Knight had a 
big piece of news. In October she got to argue 
an appellate case before the Alabama 
Supreme Court. Then she and Dick and 
daughter Katherine spent a week in Vir- 
ginia, staying with Linda's old roommate 
Marilyn Kolb Lipton and her husband 
Michael. Marilyn is an attorney in D.C. Linda 
had a few other short pieces of news to pass 
on. Mimi Pitts Dixon and Jim are expecting 
a child as are Caroline Tattle Murray and 
her husband Rick. While attending a party 
after a football game at VMI, Linda ran 
into Kathy Jones Youell. Linda enjoys 
practicing both law and motherhood full 
time. 

Betty Duson has completed her first year 
as a Staff Psychologist with the U. of Houston 
Counseling Center. In addition, she has 
a private practice and is co-authoring a book 
for educators on death and dying. She has 
also gotten very involved with the Houston 
Symphony's Student Audition Committee. 

Judy Brown Fletcher is busy in Gaines- 
ville, FL. with Katie, Will and husband Steve. 
She is a volunteer in Katie's class, education 
chairman for the Junior League of Gaines- 
ville and is on the board of the Alachua 
Council on Child Abuse. 

And last, but certainly not least, my news. 
In June, 1978, I set out for Houston in my 
little Pinto with my two Golden Retrievers. 
That alone most people think is crazy but I 
had some visiting to do. I spent one night in 
Atlanta with Pat Connor Bland's parents. 
Pat was there for the weekend from Wash- 
ington where she and Bruce have been living 



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for four years. Last spring they bought a super 
townhouse in the Occaquan area. They still 
do a lot of camping and I've finally figured 
out what Pat does. She works for an agency 
of the Federal Government that controls 
and audits credit unions throughout the 
country. 

Next I traveled to Montgomery. AL. for 
four days with good friends Frances Barnes 
Kennamer and Seabie. He is with the Social 
Security Office in Montgomery, and Frances 
is Information Specialist for the Bureau of 
Clinical Services in the Alabama Dept. of 
Health. Her volunteer service for the Junior 
League is teaching cardiopulmonary 
resusciation: she's an affiliate faculty mem- 
ber with the American Heart Association 
and co-chairman of the Central Alabama 
CPR Committee. She is also president of 
one of Montgomery's mystic Mardi Gras 
societies. 

From Montgomery it was straight through 
to Houston and Brooke Thomas Dold and 
Wylie and their cat Magruder. 1 was quite 
impressed that my old college roomie could 
have such a lovely home, and my dogs were 
impressed by the air conditioning! Wyle is 
with Tenneco. and Brooke continues her 
work as a para-legal. She's also helping her 
office by being on their bowling team and is 
an officer of the newly formed Houston 
Legal Assistants Association. She and Wylie 
visited her parents in their new home in 
Hartford, CT, this fall and treated Wylie to 
his first visit to New England during the 
colorful fall foliage. 

After leaving Houston. I headed north and 
east to spend the summer in New Jersey with 
my family. We live just outside Atlantic 
City; so I went over and pulled a few one- 
armed bandits and fled with my winnings, 
never to return! I'm in my second year of 
teaching pre-school handicapped children in 
rural Southside Virginia. I thoroughly enjoy 
my job. and so I'm back in school at VCU 
learning more about it. I enjoy hearing from 
everyone and hope that the news I write will 
encourage more of you to write me. 



1975 



Secretary 

Melissa Greenwood Riemer (Mrs. Jeffrey). 

2230 Pioneer Rd., Evanston, IL 60201 

Fund Agent 

Sandra Vonetes. The Monroe House, 522 

21st St.. NW., Apt. 605, Washington, DC 

20006 

Marriages 

Cece Gark to Thomas Turner. June 3, 1978 

Dorothy Doree to Johnny Edw ard Marshall 

Carolyn Gaisford to John M. Bell. March 18. 

1978 

Melissa Greenwood to Jeff Riemer, April 22. 

1978 

Beth Jones to Stephen Elkins, October 7, 

1978 

Heather Macleod to Barry Gale, June 3, 1978 

Ashley Randle to Basil Richards. June 10. 

1978 

Ginny Shipe to Dennis Scott Cameron. Mav 

20. 1978 

Betsy Skinner to Fred Thompson, November, 

1977 



Rose Ann Toppin to John Foster Cranz. 

April 1, 1978 

Elizabeth Washabaugh to James E. Jarvis. 

December 25. 1977 

Ann Wesley to Rick Ramsey. April 1. 1978 

Engagements 

Jeannie Petersen to Tom Laskey 
Worden Willis to Dale Galasso 

Births 

Elizabeth Brownrigg to Betsy Brooks and 

Tom Jones, June 28. 1978 (1st child) 

Oscar McDuffie IV to Yvonne Collier and 

Oscar Gwin, June 25. 1978 (1st child) 

Anne Shelton to Buffy She/ton and Jim 

Montgomery. June 28. 1978 (2nd child) 

Meghan Romaine McKenrick to Kathie 

Shirk, February 25, 1978 (1st child) 

Joseph Grant Jr. to Barbie Tafel and Joe 

Grant. April 27. 1978 (1st child) 

Melissa Dawn to Bonnie Walton and Jerry 

Mayberry, December 14. 1978 (1st child) 

Elaine Altice Baker is "still alive, well and 
kicking" in Baltimore. At the time she wrote, 
she and Robert were getting in gear to cele- 
brate their two-year anniversary! 

Jody Anderson is still living and working 
in Washington. DC. She was in Chicago 
last summer on business. She came out to 
our house and had dinner with Jeff and me 
one night and we had a great time reminiscing 
and catching up on all the news. I then got 
to see her again in October at Beth Jones 
Elkins' wedding in Baltimore. In between 
all this, she has also managed to add, among 
others, California and South Carolina to her 
list of travels! 

Randy Anderson has bought a con- 
dominium in Vail, CO, and has declared it 
"home." She is still teaching skiing full- 
time in the winter and loving it. She is also 
selling real estate and running a ski hat 
manufacturing company (which she and 
her partner hope to branch out to include 
sweaters, socks, etc.). Her spare time (?) is 
spent biking and hiking as much as possible. 

Patti Blalock Tinnin and John bought a 
big. old house in an historical part of the 
Dallas inner city that is being renovated. 
They have found little time for anything 
else except working on their house as they 
are completely re-doing it. 

Jeannette Block DePoy is working on a 
28-bed adult psychiatric unit at the Ga. 
Mental Health Institute as a social work 
technician. She does "everything from putting 
on Band-aids to doing therapy with the 
patients." Scott is working with the Atlanta 
Children's Theatre. He is also playing violin 
with a jazz band called "Nick's Flamingo 
Grill" which plays '30's and '40's jazz and 
swing. 

Betsy Brooks Jones and Tombo are en- 
joying their new addition. Brownrigg. From 
Raleigh where they saw, among other 
SBC-ers. Nancy Wilson Tucker and Carol 
Brewer Evans, they moved Dec. 1 to Franklin, 
where Tombo is an engineer with union Camp 
Corp. 

Cece Clark Turner and Thomas are living 
in Salem. VA. where he is Director of Annual 
Giving and Alumni Activities for Roanoke 
College. Cece was job-hunting at the time 
she wrote. 

Carol Clement is the office manager for 
an employment service in southern California. 
Though she isn't dancing now, she is getting 



her exercise by jogging on the beach almost 
every day and is learning to roller skate on 
the Strand, where she reports the skaters 
almost outnumber the joggers! 

Anne Cogswell Burris has had a year filled 
with reunions and partying with SBC-ers . . . 
and the occasion for most of the reunions 
has been weddings. First, there was Ann 
Wesley Ramsey's wedding in Winston- 
Salem. NC. in which Anne was matron of 
honor; then Ginny Shipe Cameron's wedding 
in which Anne was a bridesmaid. Then Beth 
Montgomery visited with Anne and husband 
Lon in their home in Charleston, SC. in 
July. And then Anne saw Suzanne Wright 
later in the summer in Kiawah. And then 
back to another wedding — this time it was 
Jane Perry Bean's wedding to Jeff in Charles- 
ton. SC. For that wedding, Anne and Lon 
had Wendy Wise, Chris Hoefer and Ann 
Wesley Ramsey and husband Rick ("Rocket") 
as houseguests and reports they never stopped 
partying. Somehow, Anne and Lon also 
managed to spend a week at Caneel Bay 
in the Virgin Islands for a great second 
honeymoon. 

Yvonne Collier Gwin is finding mothering 
to be a full-time job though she is managing 
to fit a little tennis and some volunteer work 
into her schedule. Her husband Oscar is 
keeping busy with his job as an engineer 
estimator for Gaines Wilson and Son in New- 
Orleans and with his pursuit of an MBA 
from Tulane U.'s School of Business Ad- 
ministration at night. 

Mary Combs is loving life in Houston and 
her job, friends, tennis, the cowboys, etc. 
She and Kit Newman '76 are the AR's for 
SBC in Houston which keeps her very busy 
as does her membership in the Junior League. 

Marybeth Connor sends greetings from 
sunny Florida! She completed work on her 
masters at Simmons in Dec. 1977, and then 
landed a job in Naples, FL, as a reference 
librarian at the Collier County Public Library. 

Catherine Cranston Whitham is now 
running the management training program 
for Thalhimers in Richmond. This includes 
teaching merchandising techniques, etc. 
to all the junior executives on their way to 
becoming buyers or store managers. She 
and husband Whit have built a house in the 
mountains of North Carolina, where they 
hope to spend week-ends and vacations. 

Beverley Crispin Heffernan and husband 
Jim had just returned from a two-week 
vacation to France when she wrote in October. 
They are still in Washington, DC. where 
they both work for the Dept. of Energy. And 
their "fleet of horses has grown to three!" 

Lynn Dann Stockebrand and Tom have 
bought a house in Denver plus a third dog 
(they're breeding Springer Spaniels). Lynn 
is working with Associates Finance as an 
assistant manager. 

Betty Davis Myers is in her fourth year 
of teaching at the Madison Hts. Elementary 
School. The kids at school are keeping her 
on the go, as is her own three-year old — 
Christina! 

Stephanie Dewey graduated from Memphis 
State in May with a degree in graphic design. 
At the time she wrote, she was doing free- 
lance work and looking for a full-time job 
in Memphis. Stephanie had run into Ann 
South at Beth Burton's (SBC '74) wedding 
and had heard from Cora Snyder, who is in 
Paris! 



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Louisa Dixon is working full-time in the 
office of the French Dept. at UVa and is 
finishing up her masters in education little 
by little. 

Dorothy Doree Marshall went on to receive 
her B.A. in theatre from Sophie Newcomb 
in New Orleans after spending one year at 
SBC. She then spent time travelling to 
Europe, Mexico and Jamaica. She also had 
a small part in an old James Bond movie. 
And then she became extremely interested 
in law enforcement. That led to a stint of 
undercover work for a parish sheriffs office, 
after which she went through the training 
academy and worked as a deputy for about 
two years. She is now working for her father's 
brick company. She hopes to return to law- 
enforcement work in the near future, but 
husband Johnny Edward, who is also a 
policeman, says. "One cop in the family is 
enough for now!" 

Mary Dubuque has moved back to St. 
Louis from Stowe. VT. Her plans were to go 
to school in January to get some training 
in preschool education. In the meantime, 
she was working in the fur department of 
Leppert-Roos and taking tennis and belly 
dancing lessons. Mary spent three weeks 
in Spain last spring and stayed with Suky 
Smith and Mary Henningsen while in Madrid. 

Jeannette Egli Stamm and husband have 
moved to Delaware where Jeannette is cur- 
rently an officer in the Air National Guard. 
She hopes to start work on her master's 
degree sometime this year at the U. Of 
Delaware. 

Katherine Ehle has been working as a 
permanent substitute teacher in Fairfax 
County. VA, for the past year and a half. 
At night, she works as a Princess House 
consultant. She has become very interested 
in antiques and has learned to refinish them 
and sell them for a little profit. 

Anne Fetch Park and David have left 
Virginia and have settled in "cold New Hamp- 
shire." where David is working for a small 
law firm and Anne is job hunting. She says 
New Hampshire is beautiful and they are 
loving living there! 

Linda Frazier Keith has her hands full 
and is having lots of fun with one-year old 
Catherine who is "walking, talking and 
getting into everything." Linda is teaching 
again — this time it's 10th grade biology in a 
high school with 1,565 students. Jules is in 
his last year of medical school and they were 
to find out by the end of October where he 
will be doing his residency. So they will be 
moving in June. When she wrote, Linda 
was looking forward to returning to SBC for 
Alumnae Council when she and Ellen Harri- 
son would be "roomies" again. 

Martha French has had some year! Until 
January, she was living and studying at an 
Episcopal community on Cape Cod. She 
then planned a trip to Europe in the spring. 
She has finished her masters as a reading 
specialist at Ariz. State U. and plans to work 
in this area in the fall. Martha met Carol 
Leslie St. John and Liz Anne Potts Fisher '76 
in Florida. She went through Pennsylvania 
to see Kathie Shirk and her new baby. On 
her way back from Nassau in April, she went 
to Rose Anne Toppin Cranz's wedding, 
where she saw Debra Sharp, Mary Henning- 
sen, Dorsey Tillet Northrup. Neil Hunter. 
Joe Ellen Lenoir. Nan Cunningham and 
Kit Newman '76. She went to the Interna- 
tional Reading Conference in Houston in 



May. And she spent the summer scuba diving 
in Mexico and taking French cooking 
lessons . . . whew! 

Carolyn Gaisford Bell and John are all 
settled down and living in the gatehouse 
on the Heinz estate in Pittsburgh near where 
they both grew up. Carolyn is still working 
at Gulf Oil doing investments for their 
foundation portfolio. She also has special 
projects which have taken her to New York 
City and Canada, and she hopes to go 
to California this winter. 

Cathie Grier graduated from Gordon 
Conwell Theological Seminary in May with 
an M.T.S. in New Testament. Then she 
worked at Radcliffe College at the Bunting 
Institute organizing colloquia and social 
events for "fellows" (women). In October 
she moved to Charlotte, NC. and has been 
relaxing and visiting SBC friends. She 
expected to job hunt after Christmas. 

Nancy Haight, according to my sources. 
is teaching school near Boston. 

Ellen Harrison is still loving her job as 
Director of Career Planning and Placement 
for Wilson College in Chambersburg. PA. 
She is also very involved with the Mental 
Health Assoc, in Chambersburg which is 
very rewarding. I saw Ellen at Beth Jones 
Elkins' wedding in October and she looks 
as great as ever! After the wedding, she was 
going on down to SBC for the Alumnae 
Council. She wrote me after the Council 
and told me all that she had seen, which 
included Step Singing, seeing the Bum 
Chums wear their scarves one day. the Half- 
Ass show and lots of faculty and students. 
Also, just to keep you all informed, the 
athletic teams are booming in popularity. 
So there was a contest to come up with a 
name for the teams and "the Vixens" was 
the winner. So all the items in the Bookstore 
(like coasters, glasses, etc.) have Sweet 
Briar and a fox on them. Ellen also asked 
me to remind everyone that our five-year 
reunion will be in May. 1980 (can you believe 
it?). She will be sending us all a letter in the 
summer but this is just to remind us ahead 
of time. 

Ann Henderson Stamets and Jay have 
moved from Pensacola to Sicily where they 
have lived for over a year. Though day to 
day living has its trials and tribulations, 
they're finding it interesting and, needless 
to say, the travel opportunities are great. 
They've already been to Germany, Greece. 
England and Scotland and plan a trip to 
Oktoberfest, a tour of Italy and a trip to 
Spain before they leave next year. 

Mary Henningsen, according to my sources. 
has returned home from Madrid. She is 
working on Wall Street in New York and 
living in the city. 

Helen Hodges Richards and Steve are 
still in Los Angeles, where he is working on 
his MBA. Helen is working and considering 
working on her master's in library science. 
She also sang in four concerts during the 
last year! 

Chris Hoefer found 1978 to be an exciting 
year of travel in her position of Field Producer 
for Studio See. The first of 26 programs 
was aired on PBS stations all over the country 
in October. She even learned how to scuba 
dive while producing an underwater feature 
in the Cayman Islands. B.W.I. When she 
wrote, she was developing a series of training 
programs for social services in the South- 
eastern U. S. and was working as producer. 



which she has looked forward to. since she 
is her own boss! Chris was a bridesmaid in 
Jane Pern Bean's wedding in Charleston, 
SC, in September, along with Betsy Burdge 
Murphy and Wendy Wise. Chris reported 
the SBC group took over Charleston and 
had a great time. 

Ginny Holden is living in Chicago and 
attending De Paul Law School. School is 
keeping her busy but content, with work on 
law review and as a legal writing tutor for 
the freshman class as well as with classes. 
And. at the same time, she "is trying to main- 
tain at least a semblance of a social life." 
Ginny is loving Chicago and after a year of 
living there, she still doesn't find it boring. 

Beth Jones Elkins and Stephen are all 
settled in their house in Arlington, VA, 
after their October wedding and Nantucket 
honeymoon. Kathleen Ryan and I were 
bridesmaids in her wedding in Baltimore 
and had a great time. SBC-ers who were 
there were Margaret McFaddin. Jody Ander- 
son, Lisa Walker. Ellen Harrison. Sharon 
Mangus '74, Nancy Mortenson '74. Galvin 
Gentry '76 and Liz Thomas Camp '74. 
whose husband was also in the wedding. It 
was much fun and a beautiful wedding! 
Stephen is a graduate of W&L law school 
and is a candidate for his masters in law 
(tax) while working as an attorney for the 
Dept. of Labor in Washington. DC. Beth 
is working as a paralegal for a law firm in 
D.C. and is active in the Junior League of 
Washington. 

Cathy Jones is working her way through 
Temple U. — working as a typesetter and 
majoring in Radio TV/Film. She hopes to 
do film directing and attend law school to 
specialize in mass media litigation. 

Edie Jones still living in Knoxville. TN, 
where she is "on the job interview circuit." 
Edie completed her MBA in marketing in 
December. 1977. 

Carolyn Keeports Doherty and her husband 
have moved from Wisconsin to Columbia. 
MO. as her husband transferred to graduate 
school at the U. of Missouri. Carolyn is 
teaching high school biology and chemistry 
and liking it a lot! 

Christine Kjellstrom Douglas and Alexan- 
der are still living in New York City. Alexan- 
der is with the Marine Midland Bank and 
Christine is teaching first grade at the 
Hewitt School in Manhattan. 

Mary-Somers Knight has been living in 
Japan for over a year and a half, according 
to her father who wrote me. She is teaching 
spoken English at several companies includ- 
ing RCA Victor Records and First National 
City Bank and to a group of air traffic control 
officers at a small airport near Tokyo. She 
also teaches regularly at the YWCA in 
Yokohama where "she lives very much a la 
japonaise." Somers' plans were to return to 
the U. S. this past December (perhaps via 
the trans-Siberian reaiway) and probably to 
settle in Washington. DC. 

Carol Leslie St. John and Tommy arc- 
working in New York and were looking for 
an apartment in the city when she wrote. 
Carol went to the New York School of In- 
terior Design last year and is presently 
assisting the president of Dorothy Draper 
and Co.. an international design firm, which 
she finds fantastic and where she finds her 
art history background really helpful. 

Karin Lindgren spent the summer in 
France, where she took graduate courses 



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in Avignon through the Bryn Mawr summer 
program. Afterwards, she spent a few days in 
Paris and ran into Lochrane Coleman '76. 
She ended her summer with two weeks of 
camping on the Atlantic coast. She is now 
back in Ann Arbor. MI. at the U. of Mich, 
where she is teaching intermediate French 
and working on her doctorate. 

Dot Lyons is in her last year of medical 
school at Hahnemann and is looking for a 
residency in neurology and is finding it hard 
to believe that in a few short months she 
will be Dr. Lyons. She was able to do a six- 
week neurology elective at UVa last spring. 
While there, she made several trips to SBC 
(her first since our graduation) and had a 
lot of fun reliving fun times with her old 
roommate Gwynne Taggart. who was on 
campus visiting her sister who was a fresh- 
man this year. 

Heather Macleod Gale and Barry's June 
wedding was attended by many SBC-ers 
including Ginny Shipe Cameron. Cindy 
Smith Spotswood, Francine Ely Cannon. 
Jett Groves Blankenship and Sandra and 
Maria Vonetes. They went to France on 
their honeymoon and are settled down in the 
Washington. DC area where both are working 
for the Dept. of Energy. When she wrote, she 
and Barry were planning a trip to Africa 
in December. 

Cynde Manning Chatham and John have 
moved to Elkin. NC. John is working for 
Chatham Manufacturing Company and 
Cynde is trying to devise a way to make 
hundreds of dollars in her spare time! 

Polly Mason is living in Richmond and 
teaching kindergarten and seeing a lot of 
Ann Wesley Ramsey, Gray Thomas and 
Sarah Johann. 

Margaret McFaddin is still working with 
the S.C. Dept. of Education where she 
recently received a promotion. She has gotten 
up to D.C. several times over the past year 
and saw Jody Anderson, Lisa Walker, el al. 
Margaret made it up to Baltimore for Beth 
Jones Elkins' wedding in October. And 
Jody and Kathleen Ryan got down to Pauley's 
Island to visit Margaret in her house there 
over the 4th of July. On top of everything 
else, Margaret has been actively working as 
a volunteer with the gubernatorial campaign 
in South Carolina. 

Shari Mendelson is publications manager 
at the American Society for Industrial 
Security. She is in a fast-growing department 
with a flourishing magazine. Security Man- 
agement, which had its largest (in terms of 
advertising and size) issue ever in September. 
Her job has given her some travelling, too, 
with a trip in the fall to the annual seminar 
at the Los Angeles Bonaventure and a stop 
in San Francisco on the way home. And as 
if a year in George Washington U.'s pub- 
lications specialist program wasn't enough. 
Shari is now working on her M.B.A. there. 
A special section in the Aug. 10 Wall Street 
Journal was one that she helped re-write 
and edit, and they had been requested to do 
another one. In between all that, Shari is 
riding to keep in shape. 

Marsha Millican is living in Cleveland 
and working as the Youth Director of a 
settlement house there. Marsha is loving 
her job and being able to work with kids. 

Beth Montgomery is the "one" in a one- 
person office of an association in the D.C. 
area. She is still active with the Republican 
Party and was a delegate to the Va. Repub- 



lican Convention in June. And she has been 
to lots of SBC weddings this year which has 
given her a chance to see lots of friends and 
do lots of partying. 

Holly Morrisselt Emison and John are 
still in Richmond and are very happy. Holly's 
career is flourishing as she is now the division 
manager at Snelling and Snelling (the nation's 
largest employment agency). She loves her 
work and gets to meet a lot of neat people as 
well as "some off-the-wall ones, too." 
Holly was involved in SBC's Call-A-Thon 
where they were calling people to raise money 
and had a great time talking to people all 
over! 

Patty O'Malley is living in Dallas. She is 
now the Director of Social Services at Presby- 
terian Hospital, which is a new and very re- 
warding field for her. 

Kathy Sue Orr Knuth and Roger moved 
from Detroit to Chicago this year. Kath loves 
her job as assistant editor for a trade maga- 
zine and loves being back in Chicago. Jeff 
and I see our cousins a lot (actually Jeff and 
Kath are first cousins so somehow I think 
we are all related!) as they only live five 
minutes away. 

Nelly Osinga decided to change careers 
after teaching the 4th grade for three years. 
So she started training as a reservations 
agent with Delta Airlines in Arlington, VA, 
in October. Before her training started, 
Nelly spent five weeks in Europe and did 
lots of travelling on "the east side of the 
Mississippi River." 

Pat Parker is working her way up the 
ladder at the Glastonbury Bank and Trust 
Company, where she is now manager of 
the loan servicing department. She is living 
alone in a two-family house in East Hartford, 
CT, and playing lots of golf. Pat had a 
Bermuda golf vacation planned for January 
to "get rid of those winter blues." 

Jeannine Petersen is teaching sophomore 
and junior English at Hughes High School 
(an inner-city high school) in Cincinnati. 
Though it isn't easy, she's find it challenging 
and fun. And her spare time is being spent 
planning her June wedding. 

Carol Porter got her MBA in banking and 
finance in May and joined the savings and 
loan she had been working for — "this time as 
an officer with a full-time salary and an office 
all to myself." In July, she and Dey Passarello 
and Dey's sister Nicki travelled to Italy and 
Greece and had a great time. Carol was in 
Billie Lee Graves' wedding in September. 
Kathy Rose was also there; so she got a 
chance to visit with her. Carol also finished 
needlepointing a kneeler for the SBC Chapel, 
which was to be dedicated at the last year's 
Founder's Day. Other than all this, Carol isn't 
doing much (?) except enjoying being out of 
school. 

Ashley Randle and Basil Richards are 
living in Roanoke after their June wedding 
(which was attended by SBC'ers Janice 
O'Donnell and Libby Slough Rush) and 
honeymoon to Greece where they visited 
Athens and the Greek isles. Ashley is still 
running E. I. Randle in Roanoke, the 
women's clothing store she owns. 

Betsy Rawles is working as a computer 
consultant and was hoping to get to New York 
soon to do a contract. Betsy's biggest news 
was that she had bought a townhouse and was 
in the midst of decorating and buying 
furniture to fill a four-bedroom house! 

Janet Richards is living in Denver where 



she is a sales receptionist at Michael of 
Carlyle Coiffeur. She is also taking modern 
dance classes and accompanying modern 
dance classes on the piano. 

Celia Robertson Rudolph is having fun in 
Atlanta working part-time, doing Junior 
League work and "just being a wife!" In 
October, she started going to English history 
seminars which were headed by Dean Sims. 
And she and Grant were in southern Georgia 
for deer and dove season. 

Kathleen Ryan is still working for a real 
estate company in Toledo and is "doing all 
right after one year of feast or famine!" 
Among her plans for the future is a possible 
trip to Greece in the spring. 

Sallie Scarborough is still living in Atlanta 
and working for Southern Airways in sales. 
She has been travelling every chance she's 
gotten and has taken several cruises as well 
as trips to California, Italy and New York, 
where she visited Penn Wilcox. 

Betsy Scott Kimmel and Dennis were 
living in Big Rapids. MI, where she was 
teaching special education and he was 
finishing his degree in pharmacy. In Decem- 
ber, they moved to Philadelphia, where 
Dennis is working in the Governmental 
Affairs Division of Smith, Kline Corp. and 
Betsy is job hunting. 

Dolores Scott is attending Boston Col- 
lege's School of Social Work and will finish 
this spring with a masters in community 
organizing and social planning. Last January, 
she went with a group from Boston College 
for a ten-day visit to Cuba which she found 
extremely interesting. She worked at Health 
Advocates last summer organizing school 
breakfasts in Warwick, R.I. 

Buffy Shelton Montgomery and Jim moved 
to Beaumont, TX, in August after Jim grad- 
uated from SMU law school in May. He is 
associated with the law firm of Strong. Pipkin, 
Nelson. Parker and Bissell in Beaumont 
and Buffy is working part-time at a local 
hospital in labor and delivery. They are 
thoroughly enjoying' the transition from big 
city life and their newest little addition to the 
family. 

Ginny Shipe Cameron and Dennis' wedding 
in May ended up being a mini-reunion for 
lots of SBC-ers. Anne Cogswell Burris. 
Betsey Clay, Heather Macleod Gale were 
all bridesmaids, and Helen Harrison Haywood 
was also supposed to be one but, unfortunate- 
ly, her eye operation kept her in Miami. 
Wendy Wise, Elaine Allice Baker and Anne 
Ross were all there, too. Ginny is working in 
sales for her dad and Dennis is a lawyer. They 
have bought a house in Vienna, VA, outside 
D.C. and "are living happily ever after fol- 
lowing a St. Thomas honeymoon." Ginny 
also got to see lots of SBC-ers at Ann Wesley 
Ramsey's wedding and Heather Macleod 
Gale's wedding. 

Kathie Shirk's 9 lb. 4 oz., 22-inch daughter 
has the honor of being the first Boxwood 
baby! Her mom graduated from Dickinson 
law school in June, took the bar exam in 
July and was working for Judge MacPhail 
of the Pa. Commonwealth Court while waiting 
to hear the results of her bar exam . 

Betsy Skinner Thompson transferred to 
Tulane after our sophomore year. She worked 
as a paralegal until "a tug on my heart pulled 
me up to Maine." That tug was Fred Thomp- 
son, whom she married in Nov., 1977. Fred 
is with the Navy in Brunswick and Betsy is 
getting her masters in counseling and secon- 



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dary education. She says their real occupa- 
tion is restoring their home which was once 
part of a now defunct ski area. Betsy reports 
the skiing is great it' you don't mind the walk 
hack up! 

Polly Shriver is in medical school in 
Guadelajara. Mexico. She spent last summer 
working in the emergency room of Jefferson 
Hospital in Philadelphia. PA. and hopes to 
return to that area after National Boards 
next June. 

Libby Slough Rush and Noel have bought 
a house in Louisville and have been working 
to fix that up. Libby is still working in the 
antique, interior design store and otherwise 
just having fun. 

Barbie Tafel Thomas and Joe are busy 
fixing up their 80-year old house which is 
fun but very time-consuming. Barbie was 
still working in tennis when their 9 lb.. 1 oz. 
addition (called Grant) arrived. Libby Slough 
Rush and Connie Radford Butt '76 live in 
the same neighborhood; so they see each 
other quite often (in fact. Libby is Grant's 
godmother!). 

Dorsey Tilleii Northrup and Frank are 
still in Wooster. OH. Dorsey has changed 
jobs and is now working for Rubbermaid. 
Inc. but hasn't changed her field — she is in 
data processing as a computer programmer. 

Rose Anne ToppinCranz and John Foster 
are happily settled in Ft. Worth after their 
April wedding. Mary Henningsen, Neil 
Hunter. Dorsey Tilleii Northrup. Jo Ellen 
Lenoir and Kit Newman '76 were all in 
their wedding. Nan Cunningham and Debra 
Sharp also attended. Rose Anne is now 
enjoying "a life of leisure" of playing tennis, 
volunteer work through the Junior League 
and also representing SBC for Ft. Worth. 

Rebecca Turcotte Guerin is working at 
Revlon. Inc. as a recruiter and Jack is work- 
ing with New York City's Emergency Finan- 
cial Control Board as a staff analyst over- 
seeing the Health and Hospital Corp. They 
are still living in Brooklyn Hts.. NY. and had 
a great summer at Fire Island. 

Lisa Walker was accepted for HUD's 
urban-management training program and 
has been on the go ever since. This is a year's 
training with final placement in HUD central. 
Her training is in community planning with 
an emphasis on rehabilitation — a training 
plan which she designed herself. Her training 
has taken her to Baltimore to work with 
city planners for six weeks and then to New 
York for two months to work with a non- 
profit community organization that is doing 
great things in the horrible sections of the 
South Bronx. Harlem and the lower east 
side of New York. Then she went to California 
for three months where she worked with 
Jerry Brown's new State Housing Commis- 
sioner. Don Terner. Lisa is back in D.C. 
now and was at Beth Jones Elkins' wedding; 
so my ex-roomie and I got to do a lot of 
reminiscing and catching up. 

Beppy Walton is still loving her job with 
Delta Airlines and life in Jacksonville. FL. 
She admits that she hasn't been able to 
travel to any exotic places because she has 
been working too hard, but she hopes to 
change all that this year! 

Bonnie Walton Mayhem is finding mother- 
hood a fantastic experience. Aside from her 
job as mother, she is also continuing to 
teach first grade at Elon Elementary School 
in Amherst County. 

Elizabeth Washabaugh Jarvis sold an 



acrobatic plane this year that she bought 
after graduation but made "another invest- 
ment in the field of aviation" when she 
married Jim who is a professional pilot. Jim 
is the chief flight instructor at the Hagers- 
town. MD. airport and FAA Examiner for 
the tri-state area. Liz is treasurer of Metal 
Finishing. Inc. in Hagerstown. They live on 
a 40-acre farm in Pennsylvania located 
directly across the Mason-Dixon line. 

Mandy Weber is in her last year of law 
school at McGeorge School of Law in Sacra- 
mento. She is looking forward to being out 
of school and to "taking care of the rest of 
her life." She saw Leslie Vincent last spring 
in San Francisco and invites other SBC-ers 
who might be in the area to give her a ring! 

Ann Wesley Ramsey and Rick ("Rocket") 
are enjoying their life as farmers on the 
land they bought in Goochland County (20 
miles from Richmond). Ann and Rocket 
honeymooned in the Virgin Islands with 
Rose Anne Toppin Cranz and "Buz" who 
were also honeymooning there. Rick works 
for Jarvis. Inc. ("the other telephone com- 
pany") but still finds time to build fences 
and play with his tractor. Ann sees Gray 
Thomas real often as she rides with her and 
says Gray has become a terrific nurse! 

Sue West is still in nuclear engineering 
at MIT and started work on her Ph.D. last 
fall. Sue spent two weeks last summer in 
England for a conference and had a great 
time. 

Worden Willis began working last summer 
as an assistant trader in the money market 
of the MBA evening program at North- 
eastern U. in Boston. Worden invites anyone 
visiting the Boston area to give her a call! 

Kathy Wilson Orton is now assistant vice 
president of Texas Commerce Bank and is 
a commercial loan officer in the metropolitan 
division. She and John love Texas and are 
well-settled now in Houston. They had a 
busy summer playing lots of tennis and 
taking a trip to South Pardre Island as well 
as two trips to Mexico. In the fall, they got 
to New Orleans for a vacation, as well as 
to Hilton Head with Carol Cody Herder '73 
and her husband Charlie. 

Wendy Wise is living and working in New 
York City. And she has had an exciting year 
filled "with a slew of weddings." First, she 
made it to Ann Wesley Ramsey's wedding 
where she saw Gray Thomas, Anne Cogswell 
Burris, Chris Hoefer, Suzanne Wright and 
Beth Montgomery. Then Wendy went to 
Ginny Snipe Cameron's wedding where she 
saw Cogs and Beth again along with Betsy 
Clay. Heather Macleod. Ann Ross and Elaine 
Aliice Baker. And then to Spring Lake for 
Betsy Burdge Murphy and Tim's wedding 
where Wendy saw Johnna Pierce and Con- 
stance Scott. Finally, Wendy was a bridesmaid 
in Jane Perry Bean and Jeffs wedding in 
Charleston, SC, along with Chris Hoefer 
and Betsy Burdge Murphy. She ended her 
note with "So this old maid had a super 
year!" 

And, I. Melissa Greenwood Riemer, have 
had a full year, too! First, there was planning 
and getting ready for our wedding (and I 
used to thing getting ready for An Ass show 
was hectic!). It was a fun day and everything 
went off fine. Beth Jones Elkins and Kathy 
Sue Orr Knuth were bridesmaids and Penny 
Czarra and Mary Helen Cox were able to 
get out here for it which was great. Jeff and 
I then spent two weeks in Ireland on our 



honeymoon which was tremendous! We 
then returned home and spent the summer 
working on our 60-year old house (we still 
aren't finished!). I am in midst of job hunting 
at the time I write this as I quit my job on 
the corporate public relations staff of Mont- 
gomery Ward because I finally decided it 
wasn't right for me. Jeff is working very hard 
as a project manager with Schal Associates 
(a construction management firm here in 
Chicago). Other than that, there isn't much 
to report except that 1 am loving married 
life and am even starting to make progress 
on my cooking! Please call if you ever get to 
Chicago. And thanks once again for all your 
help on this. I love hearing from all of you! 

LOVERS OF ALL BULBS, 
PLEASE READ: 

Many of you may be aware of the fact 
that our Amaryllis Project this year bordered 
on disaster. We are so grateful for the 
patience and tolerance of many alumnae 
and friends who have been disappointed 
over the non-arrival of their orders in time 
for Christmas. We, too, have been frustrated, 
especially since most of the problems were 
beyond our control to solve. A series of un- 
believable situations led to the fiasco. This is 
an effort to simplify a very complicated 
explanation: 

As you probably know, the project has 
always belonged to the Washington Club 
which has handled it with efficiency and 
success. This year the chairman, who is a 
volunteer, had to resign for good reason, 
but unfortunately, the order blanks and 
other materials had already been printed 
with her name and post office box number. 

A new and enthusiastic alumna took over 
this demanding assignment and with very 
little help has done an excellent job of pro- 
cessing orders and sending them to our 
supplier. However, the Washington post 
office held many orders, and instead of 
forwarding them daily to the chairman, we 
discovered that they held some for days, or 
even weeks before sending them on. Some 
orders were not received by her until after 
Christmas, and many in terrible condition, 
almost illegible. 

Our supplier, who had the amaryllis boxed 
and ready for shipment in Connecticut got 
caught in a cold wave, and as UPS would 
not guarantee safe delivery in 20 degree 
temperature, many bulbs were held up 
waiting for a break in the weather (since a 
frozen bulb does not bloom). 

There are other individual problems, but 
these related to almost everybody. 

We are heartsick over your disappoint- 
ment, and hope very much (hat you will try 
to understand and will continue to give us 
your support, not only for the spring bulb 
sales, but also for next fall when we again 
offer our beautiful and impressive amaryllis. 
We can assure you that changes will be made 
in the procedure which we hope will guaran- 
tee against any chance of a recurrence of this 
year's problems. Ineidently, the quality of 
the bulbs has been superb, and those who 
have received them are delighted. 

Thank you, always, for your loyalty and 
confidence in us, and we apologize profusely 
for letting you down when you were counting 
on us. If there had been anything we could 
have done to prevent it, we surely would 
have done so! 



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Alumnae Daughters and Granddaughters 
1978-79 



Freshmen, Class of 1982 

Dansie Lee Allen 
Danielle Bielenstein 
Mary Ames Booker 
Ethel Burwell 
Margaret Camblos 

Polly Clarkson 
Meredith Ann Cook 
Elizabeth Frenzel 
Mary Courtney McKenna 
Laura Leigh Noble 
Berrien Pitts 
Robin Piatt 
Lucile Redmond 

Camille Taylor 
Celia Ann Warren 
Ann Young 



Sophomores, Class of 1981 

Lisa Allison 
Mary Boiling 
Julia Brooke 
Sigrid Carlen 
Ann Cleland 

Windsor Cleveland 
Laurie Coe 



Ellen Hagan 
Nancy Hanger 



Harriet Harrison 
Caroline Hawk 
Libby Landen 

Marti Maclnnes 
Felicia Nelson 
Sue Pflugfelder 
Susan Richeson 
Nell Stephens 
Elizabeth Webster 
Henrietta White 
Pam Wood 
Wendi Wood 



16 daughters and/or granddaughters 

Ann Stevens '56 

Gabrielle Maupin '52 

Catharine Fitzgerald '47 

Ethel Ogden '58 

Ruth Hensley '42 

Sister: Stuart Camblos '70 

Kirkland Tucker '53 

Joan Kells '55 

Cynthia Wilson '57 

Claudia Antrim '48 

Grandmother: Frances McCamish '26 

Ruth Carpenter '58 

Dorothy DeVore '44 

Mary McDuffie '47 

Sister: Frances Redmond '77 

Camille Williams '55 

Mary Elizabeth Grafe '52 

Marion Mundy '42 



21 daughters and/or granddaughters 
Grandmother: Lillis Spratt '36 
Brantley Lamberd '49 
Julia Olive Craig '58 
Marcia Sandra Rhodes '55 
Lois Andrews '47 
Sister: Cathy Cleland '78 
Burney Parrott '55 
Sally Gillespie '55 
Sister: Sharon Coe '76 
Alice Trout '49 
Sister: Lisa Hagan '79 
Sudie Clark '42 
Sisters: Libby Hanger '65 
Susan Hanger '74 
Sarah Swift '53 
Janis Thomas '52 
Elizabeth Todd '50 
Grandmother: Ruth Ulland '22 
Gail Haugan '57 
Diane King '48 
Ann Allen '54 
Celia Loving '58 
Elynor Neblett '57 
Langhorne Tuller '58 

Grandmother: Henrietta Tucker AC (dec.) 
Diane Duffield '57 
Jane Yoe '53 




Juniors, Class of 1980 

Allison Brandon Becker 

Ellen Clement 



True Dow 

Martha McCaleb 

Frances Marshall McClung 

Catherine Lotterhos Mills 

(France) 
Randi Mulholland (fall 

sem./Dennison) 
Francie Root 

Florence Rowe 

Heidi Van Patten (fall 

sem./ Amsterdam) 
Elisabeth Ward 
Phyllis Watt (St. Andrews) 
Anne Brandon Wood 

(St. Andrews) 
Fannie Zollicoffer (France) 



Alumnae 
Notices 



14 daughters and/or granddaughters 
Nancy Neighbors '57 
Grandmother: Marjorie Stone '27 (dec.) 
Martha Mansfield '48 
Sisters: Sarah Clement '75 
Anne Clement '78 
Barbara Birt '51 
Elizabeth Hutchens '50 
Margaret Graves '53 

Grandmother: Margaret Burwell '23 (dec.) 
Catherine Lotterhos '56 

Anne Parker Carroll '56 

Mary Ann Mellen '53 

Grandmother: Frances Burnett '25 (dec.) 

Anne Wilson '57 

Sister: Jeanete Rowe '79 

Grandmother: Lucelia McClain AC (dec.) 

Sloan Hawkins '44 
Helen Gravatt '44 
Dorothy Wallace '49 
Sister: Elizabeth Wood '78 
Jane Lewis '50 



Seniors, Class of 1979 

Karen Sue Alex 
Laura Bowen 
Page Breakell 
Sally Byron 
Jane Barron Clark 
Lynne DeLong Einsel 
Katie Ewald 
Katherine Grones 

Alice Trout Hagan 
Mary Harris 
Barbara Mallett 
Jeanette Rowe 

Judith Williams 



13 daughters and/or granddaughters 
Susan Chapin '58 
Laura Hailey '56 
Edith Page Gill '45 
Lynn Kerwin '53 
Jane Barron Black '56 
Grace DeLong '52 
Jane Roseberry '52 
Evelyn Dillard '45 
Sister: Keedie Grones '76 
Alice Trout '49; Sister: Ellen Hagan '81 
Elizabeth Trueheart '49 
Mary Virginia Grigsby '49 
Anne Wilson '57 
Sister: Florence Rowe '80 
Emory Gill '40 
Sisters: Dabney Williams '65 
Melinda Williams '73 



Special Ecology Programs for 1979 with Dr. Ernest P. Edwards, Duberg Professor of Ecology 



May 5. 1979 Birds and Wild/lowers of 
the Blue Ridge Mountains — $18.00 per 
person* 
7:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m. 

Depart Sweet Briar about 7:00 a.m. and 
return about 4:30 p.m. Visit Petit Gap. Cave 
Mountain Lake, Sunset Field. Peaks of Otter, 
and Thunder Ridge, on and near the Blue 
Ridge Parkway. Brunch and lunch en route. 
Minimum — 3 persons; Maximum — 12. 
Ernest P. Edwards — Birds; Trees & General 
Ecology; Mabel T. Edwards — Wildflowers 

May 25-30. 1979 Birds and the Natural 
World — $175 per person* (Day Students — 
$85*) 

A non-credit course in Ornithology and 
Ecology. Friday afternoon to Wednesday 

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morning. Field trips, lectures, individual or 
small-group projects in Bird-Song Recording. 
Bird Photography. Bird Banding, etc.. on 
or near the 3400-acre Sweet Briar College 
property; and an all-day field trip to the 
Blue Ridge Parkway. $175.00 fee covers 
full room and board and tuition. $85.00 fee 
for day students covers tuition only. Minimum 
age — 20 years. Some scholarships available. 
Minimum enrollment — 5 persons; Maximum 
—14. 



Deposits and Fees 

For Birds and the Natural World, or 
Birds and Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge 
Parkway $10.00 non-refundable (tax- 
deductible) deposit per person holds space. 



*10% discount for Sweet Briar Alumnae. 
Faculty. Staff. Emeriti, and their immediate 
families. 

To: Dr. Ernest P. Edwards, Special Ecology 
Programs. Sweet Briar College. Sweet 
Briar. Va. 24595 

Please send further information about 

I enclose: 

$10.00 per person, non-refundable 

deposit for: 

Birds and Wildflowers of the Blue 

Ridge Mountains 

Birds and the Natural World 

Name(s) 

Address: 

Zip Code 



Recent Deaths 

Mrs. Wharton Weems (Matilda Booth AC) 

December 1978 
Mrs. John C. Pogue (Fave Elliott AC) October 

1978 
Mrs. W. H. Rogers (Otelia Medlin AC) no 

date 
Mrs. Seawillow W. Stafford (Seawillow 

Ward AC) October 29. 1978 
Mrs. John F. House (Grace Woodard AC) 

November 7. 1978 
Mrs. Donald C. McClelland (Irene Milhol- 

landSP) October 18. 1978 
Mrs. Chester H. Prince (Marjorie Couper 

' 10) November 1978 
Mrs. George H. Stapely (Elanette Sollitt '18) 

December 14. 1977 
Mrs. George Pope (Dorothy Travis '23) 

October 18. 1978 
Miss Kate Tappen Coe C29) December 5. 

1978 
Mrs. James C. Barbour (Sara Wilson '33) 

December b. 1978 
Mrs. Francis Haveron (Dorothy Evans '38) 

September 24. 1978 
Mrs. William Albert Salmon (Priscilla 

Rhodes '39) November 24. 1978 
Mrs. C. Afred Duke (Ruth Goodwin '40) 

September 1978 
Mrs. Alfred C Moore (Clara Nicol '46) 

November 3, 1978 
Miss Elizabeth G. Caldwell C47) October 

19. 1978 



Maclin P. Davis, Sr. 
1899-1978 

Maclin Paschall Davis, Sr., of Nashville, 
father of Mrs. Harold B. Whiteman. Jr.. 
died at his home October lb at the age of 
seventy-nine, after an apparent heart attack. 

He is survived by his wife. Edith Uhler 
Davis, two daughters. Mrs. Whiteman and 
Mrs. C. Penn Owen. Jr.. a son. Maclin P. 
Davis. Jr.. a brother, two sisters and nine 
grandchildren. 

Mr. Davis.* a prominent Nashville business 
and civic leader, was chairman of the Board 
of the Tennessee Foundry and Machine 
Company. He attended Choate School, 
served in the U. S. Army from 1913 to 1918 
and in 1921 was graduated from Harvard, 
where he was a member of the Signet Society 
and the Delphic and Hasty Pudding Clubs. 

Memorial gifts may be made to the Davis 
Memorial Fund. Checks or gifts may be sent 
to the Development Office. Sweet Briar. VA, 
24595. 



*As the Magazine was being prepared we 
were notified thai Mrs. Whiteman s mother 
had died on December 27. Gifts in Mrs. 
Davis ' name may be made to the Davis Memo- 
rial Fund. Development Office. Sweet Briar. 
VA 24595. (Ed.) 



Who's Who 

Nineteen Sweet Briar students have been 
selected as among the country's outstanding 
campus leaders. Their names will be included 
in the 1978-79 edition of Who's Who Among 
Students in American Universities and 
Co/leges. 

From the senior class: Susan Andrews. 
Robin Behm. Hannah Craighill. Katie Ewald, 
Lisa Hagen, Cathy Harold, Mary Harris. 
Nancy Hatch. Clara Jackman. Cindi Little. 
Day Pritchartt. Pam Ramsdell. Phyllis 
Shelton and Ashley Wilson. 

From the junior class: Nancy Bade. Amy 
Campbell, Claire Dennison. Gina Nielson 
and Florence Powell. 

Nominations were made by junior and 
senior students, faculty members and ad- 
ministrators. Nominations then were reviewed 
by a selection committee composed of repre- 
sentatives from the student body, faculty 
and administration. Criteria for selection 
included above average achievement in both 
academic pursuits and campus/community 
involvement. A minimum grade point average 
(GPA) requirement of 2.5 (with a recom- 
mended 2.8) was introduced this year. 

Sweet Briar's nominees join an elite group 
of students selected from more than 1.000 
institutions of higher learning in all fifty 
states, the District of Columbia and several 
foreign nations. 



Music Scholarships 

The College awarded music scholarships 
to the following SBC students. 1978-79: 

Fall term: Martha Freeman '81. Lee Estill 
Coghill Voice Scholarship; Julia Brooke 
'81. Coghill Scholarship; Jean Goulder '80. 
Presser Foundation Music Scholarship; 
Katharine Habeeb '82, Katherine Myers '82, 
Katherine Jones '82. Alice Benton '79. Kelly 
Jernigan '81. Aimee Kass '79, Letha Dameron 
'81. scholarships from the John A. Moore 
Endowed Music Fund; Ginger Pierson '79. 
Helen F. Young Scholarship. 

Spring term: Martha Freeman '81. 
Katharine Jones '82, Sarane McHugh '81, 
Amy Marshall '81, Katherine Myers '82, 
Letha Dameron '81, Jean Goulder '80. Kelly 
Jernigan '80, Ginger Pierson '79. Alice Benton 
'79. Aimee Kass '79. Ruth Reid '81 and Julia 
Brooke '81. 

Chairman of the Music Department Anne 
Swartz stated that twenty-eight students 
auditioned for the scholarships. "There 
were so many outstanding, talented students. 
We were sorry we did not have the funds to 
recommend more scholarships." 



Study Tour to Greece 

The Dean's office announces that the 
College is offering one post-commencement 
course in 1979: Jeff Beaubier's Tour to 
Greece. May 14-June 10. 1979. This "post- 
winter term field trip to Greece and the 
Aegean Islands may be taken in lieu of a 
winter term course. Opportunities for field- 
work among living populations on the culture 
and folkways of Modern Greek Society and 
also from the perspective of the continuous 
and enduring contributions of Greek Civili- 
zation to Western Culture. Maximum en- 
rollment: 10; minimum, even if only one or 
two students enroll, the course will be held. 
Cost: SI, 890. Credit: one unit; three two-hour 
meetings." 

Mr. Beaubier states that travel to Greece 
requires a valid passport and that a total of 
$1,890 must be sent to the College by May 1. 
For complete details — itinerary, hotels, day- 
trips — please write to Professor Jeff Beau- 
bier. Sweet Briar. VA 24595. or call him at: 
(804) 381-5839. his home phone number. 
His office number is: (804)381-5612. 



TRAVEL FOR ALL SEASONS 

Tentative Schedule of Trips Sponsored by the Alumnae Association 

Second Sailing: South of Suez aboard the yacht Argonaut (with land trips to Cairo, Thebes, Petra, etc. I 
March 22-April 1, 1979 



Wanted: Instruments 

Look in your attic! Look in your closets! 
Remember when you and your daughter 
studied music and you didn't know what to do 
with that instrument when the music lessons 
stopped? Don't worry. We have the solution 
for your problem. Donate that long forgotten, 
but beloved (and preferably still playable) in- 
strument to the Sweet Briar Music Depart- 
ment. Help a budding instrumentalist get her 
start at Sweet Briar! 

Especially welcome are: strings (violin, 
viola, cello, guitar), woodwinds (piccolo, tlute. 
clarinet, bassoon, saxophone), brasses (trum- 
pet, cornet. French horn, trombone) and per- 
cussion instruments. 

If you have any questions, please contact 
the Music Department. 



Nominee for Board of Overseers 

In accordance with the constitution of the 
Alumnae Association, the Executive Board 
has selected Catherine Cox Reynolds '49 of 
West Hartford. Conn, as the candidate for the 
Board of Overseers of Sweet Briar College. 
Her name was published in the Winter 1978 
issue of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine. 
Since no additional names were sent to the 
office of the Director of the Alumnae Associa- 
tion this ballot is presented. 



London 

May 31 -June 8, 1979 

Rhine Cruise with 3 days in Brussels and 3 days in Munich 
August 7-17, 1979 

Sicily 

October 17-23, 1979 

Bavarian Holiday with attendance at the Oberammergau Passion Play 
July, 1980 



SWEET BRIAR ALUMNAE 
ASSOCIATION OFFICIAL BALLOT 

I vote lor (he candidate named for alumna 
member of the Board of Overseers. 



Signed 



Return to: Alumnae Office, Sweet Briar, 



Va. 24595 



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• • I^T ot since wives took jobs." the Wall Street 

X^\ Journal reports, "has life in Morton Grove 
been the same." In this Illinois village, as in other 
towns and cities, the teachers call their pupils "latch- 
key" children: many six-year olds wear house keys 
around their necks and stay alone at home until their 
parents come from work. 

Because 50 percent of all U.S. wives are working or 
actively looking for jobs, the Journal last fall published 
a series of eight essays on Women at Work, reporting 
from New York to California. The series states. "With 
their help, the country survives $6,000 cars and 
$60,000 three-bedroom bungalows. They are the reason 
why schools are closing and child-care centers are jam- 
med. Businesses court them . . . and in millions of 
homes they have brought wholesale changes in every- 
thing from eating habits to the institution of marriage. 
They are the nation's working women. 41 million 
strong and growing . . . the steady flow of women out 
of the home and into the labor force is nothing short 
of a major event, one that is altering our society in 
ways still not fully understood. The changes loom as 
large as the Industrial Revolution." 

Forty percent of women with pre-school children 
work today, compared to 14 percent in 1950. They now 
bring home $250 billion a year. The two-income family- 
affects the economy, homes and society. Husbands now 
help with household work and child-care; men and 
women now marry at older ages as "the opportunity 
for work removes the economic urgency" for women to 
look for a husband: the birth rate is dropping; the 
divorce rate is rising (it has doubled since 1968). The 
falling birth rate means a drop in the number of 
schools and school jobs and a rise in the number of 
day-care centers. New York City has 1.800 centers. To- 
day 5 million American children under 13 spend 30 or 
more hours a week in the care of someone other than 
their parents or teachers, such as baby-sitters, relatives 
and day-care centers. One effect of the two-income 
family is that "working wives enable their husbands 
the flexibility to do what they want to do with their 
lives." The liberated woman is liberating her husband. 

Realizing that many of our Sweet Briar students will 
be looking for a job and facing problems and attitudes 
different from those of older generations, we wrote to 
several alumnae and members of the faculty and staff, 
asking three questions: 1) Why do you, a college-edu- 
cated, married woman, choose to work? 2) On princi- 
ple alone, do you think women with pre-school chil- 
dren should have full-time jobs outside the home? 3) If 
you and your husband have social, financial or emo- 
tional problems which stem from your role as a work- 
ing wife, how do you resolve them? If you have no 
problems, would you mind sharing with our readers 
the secrets of vour success? 




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Women 

at 

Work 




We are grateful that these women were willing to take 
time from their busy lives and respond to our questions. 
Here is what they said: 



Catherine Cox Reynolds '49. West Hartford, CT: I 
work for the State of Connecticut as Staff Director of 
Governor Grasso's Urban Task Force. I am working at 
this paid job because it makes use of my past volunteer 
experience in local government. I like the sense of ac- 
complishment one gets from a full-time job after years 
of juggling committees and household responsibilities. 
I also like the satisfaction of earning money to help 
pay the tuitions for three children. My husband likes it 
too. I think it's very hard for most women to hold full- 
time jobs. Finding day-care that's as good as being at 
home with Mom (if Mom is a Sweet Briar alumna) is 
probably almost impossible. I think Mom should stay 
home as a general rule, and a part-time job would be 
the ideal answer. Absence does make the heart grow 
fonder. Fortunately (question 3), my husband appreci- 
ates my pay check. He's more helpful about doing 
things around the house since I went to work full-time. 
My job has liberated us both — it has liberated him 
from financial anxiety; it has liberated me from the 
full responsibility of cooking and cleaning. My hus- 
band cooks dinner on alternate weeks, and there are 
no more complaints about how much we spend for 
household service. 



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The Bordens of Denver: left to right, Mercer, 9, Jane, Lewis, Arroll, 7. 



Jane Merkle Borden '65, Denver: I work for the fun, 
excitement and self-satisfaction my work gives me. I 
have a unique job. I'm director of Public Affairs for 
Larimer Square Associates. The Square is the oldest 
block in Denver — dating back to 1860 — and has been 
proclaimed a National Historic Preservation District. 
Denver is a young, fast -growing city and I work right 
in the heart of it. Downtown Denver is coming back 
into its own in a big way. All the buildings in Larimer 
Square have been restored and feature 32 shops and 
nine excellent restaurants. I organize all the Square's 
promotions, such as the May Wine and Food Festival, 
Christmas Walk, Oyster Marathon and press parties, 
which encourage people to come to the Square to buy 
and dine and enjoy free entertainment. I also do adver- 
tising for Larimer; I help merchants with anything 
from window decorations to calendars-of-events. Why 
do I work? After many years of being super volunteer, 
I decided I wanted to expand my abilities to a greater 
degree. It was a matter of elevating myself above the 
mundane trivialities of daily life while not forgetting 
their importance. I started at the Square as a volunteer 
in PR for five months, which gave me a chance to 
smooth out problems of husband, children and home 
combined with work. This volunteer time also gave me 
a chance to weed out the work I did not enjoy and 
would not have been successful doing. 

I highly recommend this idea of transition from vol- 
unteer to professional. It saves you from ending up 
with a job you don't like or do well. I am amazed at 



how many abilities I have acquired during the last 20 
years (including my four years at Sweet Briar) that just 
had to find the right job-opportunity to bring them to 
their fullest. For me, on-the-job training worked better 
than going back to school. 

Full-time work and pre-school children? I wanted to 
be home with the boys when they were in their forma- 
tive years. I had never worked before last year when 
both boys were in school full-time. I thoroughly en- 
joyed my years at home with Mercer and Arroll and 
my volunteer work. I do feel that by spending that 
time with the children, they became independent, se- 
cure young men who can easily cope with the possible 
problems created by the working-mother situation. (Ac- 
tually, they are proud of their Mom.) We have had few 
problems with my working. A major reason is that we 
all pitch in and carry responsibilities. It has been 
healthy for the boys to learn responsibility at a young 
age. I am paid by the hour, thus I can schedule my 
own work and be home when the boys arrive from 
school. I also organize my work so that I am home on 
school holidays, with a little help from sitters now and 
then. My husband and children still come first at all 
times. 

One important fact in working is my very supportive 
husband. He often takes the boys up to the mountains 
for a weekend to give me a break. It really helps! We 
both feel that we all spend quality time together, not 
quantity time. 



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Linda Frazier Keith '75, Winston-Salem: 1 am a 
teacher in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth Co. school sys- 
tem, teaching 10th grade biology, two classes of high- 
est-level students and three classes of lowest -level stu- 
dents. This is my third year teaching, having had a 
year's maternity leave. I choose to work so that we as a 
family can have enough income to live in a house in- 
stead of an apartment, enjoy life occasionally by taking 
trips or doing something special and still have a sav- 
ings account. My opinion on question two: I purposely 
took a full year's leave in order to be with my daughter 
the first months of her life. She was ten months old 
when I returned to work. I think it was a good idea to 
go back at this point for two reasons: I feel better not 
having to deal with a toddler's curiosity all day and 
feel also that I am a much more likeable person having 
made my contribution to life and society as well as to 
my family in terms of income. The second reason is 
that my little girl enjoys people and consequently en- 
joys going to her sitter. If this had not been true. I 
probably would not have gone back to work. Question 
three poses a problem. My husband is a medical stu- 
dent, which poses problems in itself. Socially, we are 
very much involved with the couples in the school; the 
wives all work; three-fourths are teachers, so I am very 
much at home! Financially, we are better off with my 
income although I am not the sole provider; my hus- 
band is an active-duty officer in the Navy. Emotionally, 
we have a different story. I am the nervous, uptight 
type that compulsively worries whenever I have another 
commitment; tensions rise especially when he's just as 
tired as I am, yet our daughter Catherine still requires 
care. Generally, we do pretty well. My husband is very 
good about helping around the house. I am very lucky 
in this regard. There are days, of course, when I won- 
der why I am doing all of this. As a result of our 
special needs, we joined an international organization 
for marriage enrichment which we both feel is healthy 
as well as helpful. 

Beatrice P. Patt, Dean of the College, Sweet Briar: 
Question 1. The answer is self-evident; I work because 
I am a professional. I have yet to hear anybody ask a 
male physician, lawyer, engineer or professor why he 
works. Why, then, is this question asked only of a 
female professional? We are not necessarily amateurs, 
after all. 

2. It is not a question of principle. If a woman 
wishes and/or needs to work, then she should; if she 
prefers not to. then she shouldn't. The fact that she 
has pre-school children is irrelevant, since it must be 
assumed that if she has an outside job, adequate ar- 
rangements will be made for the care of her offspring. 

3. Far from having problems because of my work, 
our life together has been greatly enriched. There is no 
"secret" to this kind of success; we respect each 
other's commitments and share our interests fully. It 
seems to me that it is more than time to put aside out- 



worn attitudes reflected in the very questions you ask. 
The presumption underlying all three questions is that 
there is something unusual, not to say outre, about a 
woman who works, and that her true role is to stay 
home and mind the babies. A further presumption, 
clearly expressed in the last question, is that a suc- 
cessful marriage between two working partners is the 
exception rather than the rule. Women do not have to 
follow a pre-ordained pattern, but should be free to 
choose whatever path is suitable. For some it is work 
outside the home and for others it is not; in some cir- 
cles a working mother is still an object of disapproval 
and suspicion, in others it is the non-working woman 
who is the object of scorn and incomprehension. 
Neither attitude can be justified. 

It would be interesting to ascertain whether or not 
you plan an article on "Women at Home." If not, you 
should consider it, so that two equally valid patterns of 
life be given equal representation. No one path is in- 
trinsically "better" than another provided that it is 
authentic, and no one path should be looked upon as 
quirky and bizarre when it is merely natural. 



Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57, Boston: Why Work? 
I have been working full-time for the last two years as 
a realtor and I cannot imagine what I did with my life 
previously. I love the challenge, the excitement, the 
people and the money. The fact that I am a college 
graduate did not enter into my decision to work, but 
certainly my education gave me the background and 
the confidence to know I could be successful. Should 
mothers of young children work? Today's mothers have 
the option to do as they choose, which is different from 
my day. I am glad now that I did not work when my 
children were small, but at the time I searched for vol- 
unteer occupations to fill my days. No mother with 
children still at home should work, if she has the 
choice, unless her family accepts the idea totally. I 
could never spend the hours or endure the interrup- 
tions without the support and approval I receive from 
my husband and children, who are 17 and 20. Are our 
lives different? We are not as social as we used to be, 
simply because I am too tried and too busy to be the 
perfect hostess frequently. I appreciate the tired busi- 
nessman syndrome at last, and the time we spend 
together is doubly precious. Regrets? A few. I do not 
read or shop or cook as I used to. My home is not al- 
ways ready for guests, and there are days when I would 
like to do absolutely nothing. Then the old urge to be 
accomplishing something reasserts itself and I am off 
and running. "Full-time" for me means seven days a 
week plus evenings on the phone. I can take off any- 
time I like since I am an independent broker, but cus- 
tomers and clients don't allow much of that. To be 
successful means long hours, hard work, good connec- 
tions and "suffering fools gladly," not necessarily in 
that order. And I love it. 



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Randy Brown Sebren '67 currently teaches three algebra courses and 
one geometry course in the Rappahannock High School in Virginia. 



Randy Brown Sebren '67, Warsaw. VA: I confess that 
the first few days back at work teaching high school 
seemed to be a vacation after spending a summer watch- 
ing my six-year old and toddler at home and at the 
pool! Since 1967 I have taught algebra I, math 6, math 
and science 5. 6, 7, algebra I, II, III and geometry in 
four different schools. After graduation from SBC, I 
chose to work because I come from a family that 
believes in the work ethic. Also for three years while 
my husband was in law school my job and income was 
the main support of our family. I have become ac- 
customed to working. Teaching is a satisfying career in 
a system such as ours with few discipline problems. 
The vacations are ideally suited to family life. Finan- 
cially, teaching is not the most rewarding career in a 
city, but in a rural community it is the best-paid job 
within 45 miles. Of course I want the financial freedom 
a second income allows. In answer to your question 
about pre-school children: it is up to the individual's 
principle. I had one child in kindergarten before the 
second was born. I would not have had the physical 
and emotional stamina to hold a full-time job and care 
for two small children (under three). I have, I think, 
one of the best child-care women for my children. I 
take the toddler to her home and have since she was 
six weeks old. Because I have confidence in my 
children's care, I am able to concentrate on doing my 
best at work. Question 3: the problems that my hus- 
band and I have do not result from my working. 



Judith M. Klkins, Associate Professor of Mathematics, 
Sweet Briar: Question 1. I share the financial responsi- 
bility for our family with my husband and am able to 



provide full financial support if circumstances should 
require. This independence is crucial to my way of life. 
With both of us working, we have more employment 
mobility and can make career decisions on the profes- 
sional merits with salary only a secondary considera- 
tion. I am a professional mathematician and spent 
many years acquiring some expertise in the field. I am 
able to make the most of this training and my abilities 
by continued employment as a mathematician. My 
husband, also a mathematician by training, is Manager 
of Special Programs in the Systems Division of Com- 
puter Sciences Corporation and works in Arlington, 
Virginia. 

2. The decision for women with pre-school children 
to work full-time outside the home must be made on 
an individual basis. Those who provide the sole finan- 
cial support for the family — divorced, widowed, sepa- 
rated, or with spouse unable to work — have no options. 
The rest must be prepared to take over the responsibil- 
ity since this is happening with increasing frequency. If 
the wife shares the financial responsibility, the hus- 
band should be able to share the child-care responsi- 
bilities. Many families will find that the enlargement of 
the husband's role beyond that of "bread-winner" is 
more satisfying to children, husband and wife. I have 
been employed full-time since graduating from college 
and from 1969-77 with pre-school children. Child-care 
during this period was always of primary concern. And 
an important part of this concern was to maintain my 
capability to provide full financial support for the 
family at any time. 

3. It is probably important to become established in 
an employment area before marriage and children di- 
vert your efforts, whether you are male or female! Cer- 
tainly professional-technical training programs leave 
little time for anything else and are best tackled when 
single. 

I no more "choose" to work than my husband does. 
Employment for both of us is equally important to and 
accepted by the family. Consequently, it is expected 
that I will work professionally and there is no decision 
involved. Spouses must have compatible views of their 
roles in the family and these roles should be recognized 
before marriage. Both spouses can successfully work 
full-time provided that household and child-care re- 
sponsibilities are shared. 



Saravette Royster Trotter '47. Rocky Mount, NC: I 
have been working full-time for four years, first as a 
reporter and. for the last six months, as managing 
editor and reporter for the Nashville Graphic, a semi- 
weekly covering Rocky Mount and Nash County. Tak- 
ing on this full-time job followed several years of part- 
time work first as a dramatics and English teacher in a 
local private school, then as free lance writer for the 
News & Observer in Raleigh and several other publica- 
tions. My motives for going to work were in the begin- 
ning straight out of the book. My children were gone. I 



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knew I could never build my life around the world of 
the middle class matron. Except for the poor pay, my 
stint as a free lance writer was the fattest of all deals: 
a few weeks of concentrated work writing on a subject 
of my choosing; then the freedom to play, travel or 
relax until it was time to tackle the next assignment. 

Had those assignments kept up, I would probably 
have drifted on in this pleasant life forever. The 
market, however, did dry up. I was offered a full-time 
job at the Graphic, where I'd been doing two features 
a week for about 18 months. After much soul-search- 
ing, I accepted full-time work. The soul-searching, cen- 
tered around the fact that, for the first time in my life, 
I was laying myself on the line. It meant I was giving 
up the freedom to produce or not produce. It meant 
exposing myself to failure, to the danger of having to 
acknowledge that I couldn't hack it. I had to turn 
from a dilettante into a professional on however small 
a scale. But I accepted, and it was the greatest thing 
that ever happened to me, except for getting Jim. I did 
hack it. I did measure up. I did lock horns with jour- 
nalists far more knowledgeable than I and hold my 
own and then some. I'm not all that good, and one day 
I'll be better than I am. 

Now that I've been shoved into the pool. I realize 
why I stuck my toes in. Not to "have something to do" 
or "to make a little extra money" (though that's great), 
but to find out what I had to give and whether I had 
the guts. 

Question 2: this is a tough one because I think the 
"principle" the young mother should address herself to 
is not whether to work but whether she is putting her- 
self ahead of her children at an age when they are 
most vulnerable and most in need of being put first. 

I've known women with young children and full-time 
help spend their days playing golf, lunching at the 
club, giving or going to several parties a week. It took 
its toll on their children — I would call them ne- 
glected — yet the mothers have never worked a day in 
their lives. 

I've also known mothers of young children who 
worked full-time but who came home to their children, 
eager to spend time with them, play with them, teach 
them; the children were well-adjusted and so were the 
mothers. I guess what I'm saying, up to a point, is that 
the quantity of time spent with one's children is not so 
important as the quality. I myself would not have had 
the stamina, either physical or psychological, to have 
worked when my children were still at home, much less 
when they were pre-schoolers. Nor would I have wanted 
to miss any of those years, so precious and fleeting. 
Certainly I could not have held my present job, which 
demands a great deal of my time, but it would have 
had nothing to do with "principle." only with my own 
temperament and physical limitations. In all honesty, I 
do not think there are many women who can handle 
both roles — career woman and mother of young 
children — but I think it can be done, and has been 



done, if both parents and the children are relatively 
problem-free psychologically, and the mother-substitute 
is warm and loving and consistent, that is, not always 
changing. 

3. The key to success for a married woman who is 
working, at whatever point in her life, lies with her 
husband; mine is pure gold. He not only encouraged 
me, he practically pushed me out the door because he 
knew it was what I wanted to do but was scared to try. 
He's totally un-macho. We share the housekeeping (ex- 
cept I do all the cooking); he puts up with my late 
hours and never complains, perhaps because he's never 
been a nine-to-five himself. (Jim's a lawyer.) He's con- 
stantly bolstering my ego and appears to be proud of 
me. Financially, it's a help having that extra pay 
check, relatively small though it be. In fact, as infla- 
tion eats away, it would be hard on us to give it up. 

The number one disadvantage in my working lies 
with our social life. We have never been too social a 
couple, and it now is easier than ever to pull into our 
own little world. We have finally had to make a con- 
scious effort to entertain friends. On the other hand, 
my working has given us new friendships. I've met per- 
sons through my job, in all walks of life, whom I would 
never have known otherwise. 

In re-reading, it seems I have painted working as all 
cake-and-ale, and that's not so. Let me clarify the 
record. There's the tedium. I feel lonely sometimes, be- 
ing separated from friends; when we were bachelors, 
being married set you apart; now working (at least in 
Rocky Mount) sets you apart. The night work gets aw- 
fully old; the meetings get awfully boring. I miss being 
at home. It boils down to a choice, a question of time 
and how you use it. I've thought about quitting and 
becoming a full-time housewife again. But when I 
think of what I would do then, I know that for me 
that's not the answer. Working has given me a self- 
esteem and confidence I never had before. That's 
something — plus the plain long fun — I want to hang 
onto, not cut short, not just yet. 

Edith D. Whiteman, Sweet Briar: Question 2: There is 
no absolute answer today for women with pre-school 
children and full-time jobs. It depends on personal cir- 
cumstances. If an active career exists that cannot be 
interrupted — performing arts or athletics — then per- 
haps the husband or grandmother can be the surrogate 
mother. A new career should not be started during 
pre-school years. Today one can choose to have chil- 
dren, and children are and should be a full-time career 
during those first few precious years. There is no sub- 
stitute really for a mother to create in a child a firm 
foundation for discipline, character and self-confi- 
dence. According to Dr. Bernard Campbell, eminent 
British anthropologist, who recently spoke on our cam- 
pus on "The Evolution of Intelligence and Lan- 
guage" — the evolution of human behavior depends on 
those first early years of a child's relationship to its 



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The three children of Mary Ann Mellen Root and John: left to right, 
David, 16; I ramie, 20, SBC class of 1980; Randall, 18, W & L class of 
1982. Their Otterhounds, Rudyard Kipling and Clara, "are lovable, 
shaggy and friendly but not too bright. Of course they may be smarter 
than I think. They just don't want to do what we tell them and that 
innocent 'I don't understand' expression is all an act." 

mother. Dr. Robert Coles, author of Children of Crisis 
and chief psychiatrist at Harvard, says that to date 
there are no satisfactory day-care centers. 

We are put on this earth to make it a better place 
for each other. When we leave this earth we are re- 
membered by what we did for others — not for ourselves 
and "only by giving do we receive." 

There is a restlessness in the air and it is "fash- 
ionable" to have a paid job. These fashionable women 
may be taking a job from someone who really needs 
the job for survival. There are many fulfilling oppor- 
tunities that do not require a pay check. The golden 
rule, the Buddhist version, is "Hurt not others in ways 
that you yourself would find hurtful," and this means 
your own child. As an unpaid working wife of a 
college president, I, as well as my husband, have per- 
sonal and institutional obligations that could lead to 
emotional tension. We overcome our physical 
exhaustion with a good walk or a fast game of tennis. 

I find my involvement in the Sweet Briar community 
rewarding and do not question it. Stress is inevitable 
because of many demands and unexpected daily hap- 
penings but we analyze our priorities and choose those 
that are important. I feel that my husband and I are a 
team and we chose to spend our lives working with 
people. We have lived well, laughed and cried often, 
and loved much. 



Mary Ann Mellen Root '53, Wilton, CT: I work at 
Talbot's, a women's clothing store out of Hingham, 
Mass. They opened a new store in Ridgefield, ten min- 
utes from our home, in Sept. I've been in on it since 
the beginning. I also work a lot in "the back room," 
sending and receiving special orders and solving mys- 
teries of where-to-find missing or desired items. I work 
closely with the manager, learning all phases of the 
operation and trying different ways to make our partic- 
ular store more efficient and appealing. I want to learn 
all this with the idea of possibly having a store of my 
own some day. Why work? I like the idea of doing 
something constructive. I like the sense of accomplish- 
ment from doing a job well. 1 learned a lot working 
with volunteer organizations; now I'm putting those 
skills to work earning money, and I like it! I enjoy ac- 
quiring the ability to tackle and solve problems on my 
own, outside of ordinary domestic crises. What I'm do- 
ing is good for my personal growth as well as good 
training for the future. With the children growing up 
and leaving home, I like having something solid to oc- 
cupy my time. And with two children in college and 
another in high school, the extra income helps. No, I 
don't think women with pre-school children should 
have full-time jobs unless it is absolutely necessary. 
Children are really at home for so short a time. The 
sense of loving and closeness is developed in the early 
years. There are plenty of years ahead for full-time 
outside commitment. If you have worked at a job all 
day you're often too tired at night to sense the needs of 
a young child or to be able to give him your full atten- 
tion. Besides, looking at it selfishly, little children are 
such fun! Enjoy them while you can. 

I am lucky to be married to a patient, understand- 
ing, low-key husband. So far, he's been very tolerant of 
the things around the house that I have had to let 
slide. My biggest problem seems to be keeping up with 
the housework. I'm too tired at night to jump into real 
cleaning and I hate to spend my whole day off with a 
dustcloth and mop. I find that we entertain less — lack 
of energy and time. There is also less time for physical 
exercise, such as tennis or paddle. I miss this for social 
as well as physical reasons, but all these problems are 
minor; with a little more think-ahead planning we can 
solve them. 

So far nothing in the line of Big Problems seems to 
have arisen from my working. If it did, I would feel no 
qualms about quitting my job. I can always find an- 
other one that I would like equally as well when the 
crisis was over. It might take a while, but I know the 
opportunity is out there. My family definitely comes 
first, both now and in the future. That's the wonderful 
thing about my present job as a working wife. I don't 
have to depend on the income to survive. I'm doing 
something challenging and enjoyable during the day 
plus having the warmth and closeness of a family life A 
in the evenings. It is the best of both worlds. 



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The Apple is Alive and Well . . . 



by Katherine Macdonald and Jennifer Crispen 





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Constance M. K. Applebee, pioneer in American field hockey, is shown (above, left) with a friend in her home in Hampshire, 
England. True Dow '81 (above, right) models a field hockey uniform from the early Applebee era, about 1922. 

II. .11, McGlothlin '78 



Do you remember: "Daffodil"? "Big Blue 
Elephant"? "Do you think you are the Brooklyn 
Bridge"? "Runnnn, you three-legged milking stool"? 
If you do, you will have vivid, unforgettable, trembling, 
loving memories of Constance M. K. Applebee, who 
introduced field hockey to college women in the United 
States in 1901 and was a frequent visitor to Sweet Briar 
until her last visit in 1968. "The Apple" as she is affect- 
ionately called by generations of hockey players is 
living at her home, "The Withies." Burley near 
Ringwood, Hampshire, England. She will celebrate her 
birthday June 4, 1979. She will be 106. 

Hockey at Sweet Briar is in its 64th season, intro- 
duced here by Miss Cara Gascoigne, who now lives in 
Eastborne, England. Intercollegiate hockey began about 
1 920. The College became a member of the Virginia 
Field Hockey Association when it was organized in 
1929 with, of course, Harriet Rogers one of the founders. 



Now a member of the Blue Ridge Association, Sweet 
Briar hockey is flourishing under the leadership of 
Assistant Professor Jennifer Crispen. one-time U. S. 
player and a member of the U.S.F.H.A. Olympic 
coaching staff. 

Long-toed English sticks have given way to the short, 
curved Indian style; inners, halves and backs to insides, 
links and sweepers; the green tunics to pink shirts, 
short dark green kilts and pink-and-green striped socks; 
and the thrice-weekly practice's to three-mile runs, 
Sunday afternoon sessions and weekend games. Sunday 
afternoons and weekend games? Yes, Virginia, it is 
Sweet Briar hockey — out of the doldrums of the sixties 
and into the sports-minded seventies. There are cheer- 
leaders, spectators and faithful faculty boosters; 
there is a new spirit and a new name. The Vixens. 
There are student-athletes at Sweet Briar, and they're 
proud of their accomplishments, both academic and 



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athletic. 

It seems ages ago that the upperclass students 
arrived September 7, three days early. They were back 
on campus along with the tennis team for twice-daily 
practice sessions before classes began. The temperature 
steadied in the nineties, and the fortunate four who had 
been to hockey camp gloated as the others groaned with 
shortened breath and sore muscles, and we all waited 
expectantly to see our new crop of freshmen. They were 
all we had hoped for, ranging from 5' 1" Texan Brianna 
Boswell to 5' 10" Molly Finney from Baltimore. Three 
of the eleven would become varsity starters, Brianna 
at left back, Molly at center back and Alice Dixon at 
sweeper. 



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Goal tending is both demanding and hazardous. Nancy Webb 
'81 blocks a shot in Sweet Briar's 2-1 upset over Old Dominion 
University of Norfolk. 

The measure of the 1978 hockey season is not in 
wins and losses (4-6-1) but in skills and teamwork 
learned, in friendships made and in maturity gained. 
We were a young team — three freshmen, four 
sophomores, two juniors and two seniors — and the 
promise is there of things to come. Our finest game, 
fittingly, was our last against Old Dominion University, 
later to become one of Virginia's two representatives 
to the Region II Championships. Everything fell into 
place and Sweet Briar finished with a thrilling 2-1 upset. 
Our first game was September 22 against Mary Wash- 
ington, a fast, experienced team, and we played well but 
lost 2-0. Five days later, though, we enjoyed a 4-0 
victory over rival Randolph-Macon Woman's College 

In a fast-paced game against Old Dominion, Susan Rowat '81 
brings the ball downfield against an O.D.I . defender. 



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Sweet Briar's defense — (l.-r.) Molly Finney '82, Pam Koehler 
'80 and Robin Behm '79 — rushes out on a corner in the Old 
Dominion game. 

in our first of two games with them. On October 2. we 
played RMWC again, slept through the first half, but 
aroused ourselves sufficiently in the second to win 2-0. 
A hard fought 1 -0 win at Averett spoiled their home- 
coming and evened our record at 2-2. We lost to 
perennially tough Hollins (one of these days!) 4-0, and 
then dropped two tough 1-0 games to Eastern Men- 
nonite and Roanoke. We outshot both opponents, but 
could not score. In a good game we tied the James 
Madison University freshmen 2-2. but lost a tight 
defensive contest to Lynchburg 1-0. We played well 
against undefeated Virginia Tech, but they scored twice 
late in the second half and won 2-0. 

Green jacket-clad members of the varsity team look on as the 
JV's play against Eastern Mennonite College. 



October 27 and 28 was the Blue Ridge Tournament 
at V.P.I, played indoors on astro-turf. Eight Sweet 
Briar players were named to play for Blue Ridge at the 
Southeastern Tournament held at Sweet Briar Novem- 
ber 10, 11, and 12. First team honors went to forwards 
True Dow '80. Marian Galleher '81, and links Robin 
Behn '79, and Susan Rowat '81. Second team represen- 
tatives were goalkeeper Nancy Webb '81, and backs 
Brianna Boswell '82. Molly Finney '82, and Alice Dixon 
'82. At the Southeast Tournament Robin was selected 
to play in Ellensburg, Washington, and Sweet Briar 
was once again represented at the National Tourna- 
ment. 




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The 1978-79 Varsity: First row: Mary Cowell '79, Carol Water- 
bury '82, Libby Shackleford '81, Laurie Barnett and Christine 
McFadden, both '82; second row: Marian Galleher '81, Katie 
Ewald '79, Nancy Webb and Susan Rowat '81, Robin Behm 
'79, Nancy Siedlarz '81; third row: Sarah Woodhouse '81, 
Brianna Boswell and Peggy Thistlethwaite '82, True Dow, Pam 
Koehler and Martha Carey '80, Lisa Laubach '82; fourth row: 
Margaret Camblos, Carol Hawley and Molly Finney '82, Megan 
Thomas '81, Alice Dixon '82; in the rear; Coach Jennifer 
Crispen; missing from the picture, Jane Terrv and Henrietta 
White '81. 



There are a lot of memories from such a short 
season: the infected blister that put True on 
crutches for the Tech game, Brianna's black eye, 
courtesy of O.D.U., the stitches in Mary Cowell's fore- 
head, the yards of tape we wrapped around Robin, 
Susan, Katie Ewald and Megan Thomas, the morning 
we left Alice behind in the shower, Lisa Laubach's 
creaky knee, our nomadic practice balls, the heat, 
gallons of lemonade, the spirited play of the junior 
varsity, the trials and tribulations of hostessing this 



year's Southeast Tournament at Sweet Briar, the 
panic-stricken Macdonald's staff as they changed 
seventeen twenty-dollar bills at 8 a.m. the morning we 
left for the tournament, and our banquet at Smitty's 
Restaurant. Coach's awards for consistent performance 
went to varsity players Nancy Webb and Sarah Wood- 
house '81 and to junior varsity players Megan Thomas 
'81 and Henrietta White '81. 

We ended as we had begun, together, and looking 
forward to the first game of a new season in 79! The 
Apple would once again be proud of Sweet Briar hockey. 



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/, 



Bon Appetit! 

by Amy Campbell '80 



If you are the lucky parent of a struggling Sweet 
Briarite, you have probably heard more than your 
share of moans and groans concerning the College's 
meal service offerings (usually accompanied by pleas 
for an increase in your daughter's allowance to fund 
her off-campus eating habits). If you are an alumna, 
you have your own happy memories of the constant 
war between appetite and diet, a continuing topic of 
college women's discussion. Whichever of the groups 
you identify with, chances are you will be visiting The 
Briar sometime in the near future and desire some- 
thing a little more exciting than the routine dining hall 
fare; this article then is for you. Celebrate a reunion 
with old friends or take your daughter out on the town. 
You both deserve it. 

While the metropolis of Lynchburg might not seem 
to offer much in the line of high cuisine, it has proved 
over the years to have its moments. Some of the finest 
of these have been spent over 3 a.m. omlettes at 
Howard Johnson's (fondly Hojo's), or over a bowl of 
chili at the infamous Texas Inn, but that isn't what 
you're really looking for. It is true, too, that the City of 
the Seven Hills boasts an outstanding array of every- 
one's favorite fast-food chains, including the popular 
McDonald's only five minutes from campus. Early 
morning Egg McMuffin trips are becoming quite the 
fashion at McDonald's on route 29 south; their Danish 
are hot and the hash browns are enough to warm any 
early morning soul. But if you follow the thinking of 
most of the students, the chain's offerings are more of- 
ten than not hardly worth the gas in your car. 

For a nice dinner out it's best to head for one of the 
familiar Lynchburg steakeries, of which there are 
many. The best of these perhaps is that old Virginia 
stand-by. Aberdeen Barns, for well-prepared beef, 
cocktails and nightly entertainment in the lounge. 
Phil's across the road is said to be OK, too. Another 
place to go for steaks and such is Crown Sterling, 
where tux-clad waiters take your order and then free 
you to create your own salad from their mind-boggling 
salad bar. Smaller than Aberdeen, quieter, nice. 

If you're not in the mood for a steak with all the 
trimmings, you might try the Sheraton's That Seafood 
Place. Coastal seafare is served, and a salad bar that 
rates a close second to Crown Sterling is featured. The 
adjoining Captain's Table Lounge reflects the same 
sea-flavored decor and it offers dancing nightly. 



Across the street from Randolph-Macon Woman's 
College you will be surprised and delighted by T. 
C. Trotter's; their omlettes, sandwiches and steak spec- 



ialties are well worth the inevitable wait (Reservations 
accepted.). The popular student haunt serves as one of 
the area's few nice bars and features a good selection 
of imported beer. 

Lynchburg offers little in the way of foreign flavor, 
although either Peking Americana or King's Island 
should satisfy most cases of Chinese hungries. Both of- 
fer large, varied menus of home-prepared dishes and 
exotic drinks with parasol fruit-pick garnishes. Ah so! 

Italian food fanciers (and who isn't?) will be ecstatic 
to discover Sal's Pizza so near Sweet Briar in Madison 
Heights. Pasta dishes, sandwiches and the Sicilian 
pizza south of New York City put this place a cut above 
Pizza Hut, and the Italian-speaking waiters complete 
the treat. Their anti-pasto is mucho bueno! 

Nearer to the Briar is Amherst's Bavarian inn, the 
Rutledge Inn, serving authenic Bavarian cuisine 
along with roast beef. The Inn also offers a party-room 
service and incredibly quaint guest rooms above the 
restaurant. 

If you're up for a picnic along the beautiful Skyline 
Drive of the Blue Ridge countryside, you will find 
S'Amanda's — next door to campus — ready to fill your 
wine and cheese requirements. Long a favorite at Sweet 
Briar, this country store has a wide variety of near 
habit-forming natural goodies and handsome gift 
items, too. 

Emil's Deli in Lynchburg's Boonsboro Shopping 
Center provides gourmet items for picnics, along with 
a delightful array of cakes and pastries. Emil's also 
operates a restaurant for those who'd rather eat inside 
than face the elements. 

And so we've set a small beginning on the offerings 
of Amherst County's and Lynchburg's fine cuisine. 
These student favorites have proved tried and true; 
further exploration is up to the adventuresome. Bon 
appetit! 




From Lincoln, Nebraska, Amy Campbell '80 is a Dance Theatre/En- 
glish Creative Writing Major. The editor of the Sweet Briar News, 
1978-79, Amy writes for the Brambler and the Alumnae Magazine. 
"I've been involved as College Board Representative for Mademoiselle 
and am currently serving as Theatre Arts representative to the Cur- 
riculum Committee of the College." 



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the editor's 




Sweet Birds of Youth 



With St. Patrick's Day, April Fool's Day and 
springtime's merry laughter just around the 
corner, we turn the editor's room into a rumpus room. 
Until now we've discussed the Metropolitan Opera, Jane 
Austen, the National Book Award, John Milton. Sweet 
Briar's Friends of the Library, Queen Elizabeth II, The 
Armistice, St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, golf at 
St. Andrews, Winnie the Pooh and other esoteric matters 
dear to the heart of the editor. This time we assign the 
Room to the Sweet Birds of Youth, our students. 

It wasn't April First (it was November, 1978), but the 
staff of The Sweet Briar News decided to publish a 
parody of itself. From that issue, we reprint the leading 
sports story of the year. For clarification: Perry-Camp 
& Swartz teach music; Patt is College Dean; Edwards 
teaches ecology; Johannson. anthropology; Savarese, 
English; Langley Wood, environmental studies; Hapala, 
government; Dabney, English; Elkins, math; PV Daniel 
is College VP & Treasurer & Diving Coach; Barlow runs 
Student Affairs; Carter is Chaplain; Garner teaches 
religion; Crispen is head hockey coach; Jackson is swim 
coach; Leveau teaches French; Lenz, physics; Berg, his- 
tory; Yale & Hearty Whiteman is President. 



A spirited but thoroughly outclassed faculty team 
took on the powerful Vixen varsity in a Student-Faculty 
Hockey Game, November 7. The winning goal in the 
1 -0 varsity win was scored by Nancy Webb, who dribbled 
the ball the length of the field, dodged four faculty 
defense men and poked it in at 4:01 p.m. 

Wings Jane Perry-Camp and Anne Swartz proved 
a composed duo as they led the Crescendo of the faculty 
attack. Also on the offense were diminutive Dean Bea 
Patt, administering pass after pass in complete control 
of all her faculties, and "Too Tall" Buck Edwards, 
whose concentration on his wings was hampered when 



a large flock of Starlings surrounded him on the 
50-yard line. Supporting the attack were "missing link" 
Donald Johannson and offensive specialist John 
Savarese, who put body english on every shot. Scheduled 
starter Langley Wood withdrew in protest when he 
discovered that the center bully would take place on an 
obscure but endangered species of plant life. 

Defending for the faculty were body-czeching Milan 
Hapala, former Seven Sister League All-Star Ross 
Dabney, Judy Elkins, who plotted angles and took 
calculated risks, and Peter Daniel, who will treasure 
his diving saves forever. Goalkeeper Bob Barlow guarded 
the gates zealously, fending off both peripheral and 
parietal passes. 

Faculty coach Sallie Carter warned of opposing wings, 
sinners, halves and backs, but did admit that her team 
was weakened when long-time starter Maxine Garner 
was removed from the game by the officials. Garner 
was ousted for religiously refusing to exchange her red 
sneakers for regulation cleats. 

Substitute at halftime was Jennifer Crispen, who 
proved ineffective and was replaced immediately by 
Bonnie Jackson. Jackson left the game when the rain 
started, complaining of wet conditions. Her replacement 
was Dominique Leveau, whose French-cut shirt and 
kilt dazzled the spectators. Super sub George Lenz 
theoretically defied the laws of gravity with his physical 
play and nearly saved the game. Substitute left winger 
Gerry Berg played the last five minutes. 

President Whiteman, Yale and hearty as usual, led 
the faculty athletic supporters in cheer after cheer. Mrs. 
Whiteman in her usual pink and green continued her 
traditional support of the Vixens. 

Playing for the victorious Vixens were K. T. Ewald. 
Stitches Cowell, Gabby Rowat. the Mecca Twins. True 
Grit Dow, KK Behm, Tex Boswell, Rookie Finney, 
D+Koehler, Diver Dixon. Spider Webb and Trunks 
Thomas. 



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The Guiding Lights 

by Claire Dennison '80 



Have you wondered how the majority of each 
year's freshman class formulated their first 
impressions about Sweet Briar? Part of the answer lies 
with the Sweet Briar student guides and the overnight 
hostesses. 

Each year more than one thousand prospective 
students are interviewd by our Adminission Office; 
another two thousand visitors come to the campus. The 
student guides are hostesses for the College, taking 
guests through our on-campus facilities, answering 
questions and many times having lunch or dinner with 
them at one of the dining halls or at Wailes Center. All 
prospective students are encouraged to spend a night 
on campus with a student guide or another student who 
serves as a hostess. 

Each year the Admission Office appoints a chairman 
of the student guides and the hostesses; the chairman 
is appointed for one semester or for one year, and she 
is responsible for scheduling tours and making over- 
night arrangements seven days a week for visitors to 
the campus. 

While the chairman receives a small compensation 
for her time, the guides and hostesses are volunteers. 
A guide is always a hostess, but a student hostess is not 
necessarily a student guide, who accepts the responsi- 
bility for giving campus tours. 

At the beginning of each semester, each student fills 
out a schedule indicating when she is free to give tours 
during the week. She is asked if she is free on weekends 
and if she is willing to keep a prospective student over- 
night. Those students involved in the riding program 
also give tours to girls interested in SB's riding program. 
Because each tour differs from the next, a guide never 
know what questions she will be asked. All our guides 
stress the importance of academics at Sweet Briar as 
well as the student-faculty ratio of nine to one. We 
also talk about the honor system, our 4-1-4 calendar, 
geographic distribution and self-scheduling exams. 

Most guides are eager to give as many tours as 
they can during the week and on weekends. Most 
of us believe that giving tours helps us, the guides, gain 
poise and self-confidence in our speaking ability. All 
of us are eager to see who of the prospective students 
will arrive on campus as freshmen the next fall. 

This year the Admission Office has been fortunate 
to have seventy-five students giving tours or keeping 
overnight guests. Each class is well-represented and 
there are more freshmen helping us this spring semester. 
Of the seventy-five who give time to the Admission 



Chairman of SBC's student guides and hostesses, Claire Dennison 
'80 of Peeos, Texas, is the president of the junior class, a member of 
QV and a nominee for selection in the forthcoming edition of Who s 

Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. 



Office, seventeen are either alumnae-daughters or have 
alumnae relatives. 

One other important part of the admissions program 
is the role of the faculty. In a time when admission 
offices around the country are beginning to expand 
their recruiting procedures to include more faculty 
participation. Sweet Briar already has a well-established 
system of faculty association with prospective students 
through personal letters and informal interviews. This 
has been effective because it gives the prospective 
students a good view of the faculty-student relationship 
that exists at Sweet Briar. Our system of student-and- 
faculty association creates a personal atmosphere or 
friendship which is not always found at many of the 
larger colleges but which is vital to Sweet Briar. At the 
end of each year, ten guides who have been outstanding 
in giving of themselves and their time are chosen as 
Honor Guides; all, however, are recognized for their 
time and efforts in sharing with the many prospective 
students and guests a good view of what Sweet Briar 
College has to offer. 



The following student guides are alumnae-daughters: 



ALUMNAE DAUGHTERS 



Lisa Allison '81 


Grandmother: 


Julia Brooke '81 


Mother: 




Aunt: 


Harriet Harrison '81 


Mother: 




Cousin: 


Francie Root '80 


Mother: 




Grandmother: 


Florence Rowe '80 


Mother: 




Great Aunt: 




Sister: 


Windsor Cleveland '81 


Mother: 




Aunt: 




Aunt: 


ALUMNAE RE1 


Nancy Smith '82 


Great Aunt: 


Lee Watson '82 


Sister: 


Lezlee Westine '82 


Sister: 


Anne Callahan '81 


Sister: 


Sophie Crysler '81 


Aunt: 




Sister: 


Brooks Cunningham '80 Cousin: 




Cousin: 




Cousin: 




Cousin: 


Gina Neilson '80 


Cousin: 




Cousin: 


Florence Powell '80 


Great Aunt: 




Aunt: 


Ashley Wilson '79 


Sister: 


Bridget Wray '79 


Sister: 




Sister: 


Beth Halsted '81 


Aunt: 




Cousin: 



1. il lias Spratt '36 
Julia Olivia Craig Brooke '58 
Cynthia Craig McKey '66 
Sarah Swift 'S3 
Sarah Kendall 
Mary Ann Mellon '53 
Frances Burnett '25 
Anne Martin Wilson '57 
Jeanette Mac Donald 

Stroffregen '22 
Jeanette Rowe '79 
Burney Parrott '55 
Marion Parrott 
Betsy Parrott '53 



Natalie Roberts Foster '31 
Patsy Lynn Watson '74 
Lynn Westine '79 
Mary Callahan '80 
Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57 
Cannie Crysler '78 
Mrs. Jack King '46 
Glenn King Springer '77 
Langhorne King '73 
Janet Smalley '78 
Melville Douglass '69 
Bessie Sloss Dugins '72 
Nan Powell '10 
Hortense Powell '39 
Nancy Wilson Tucker '75 
Lisa Wray '78 
Barbara Burns Wray '81 
Elizabeth H. Campbell '39 
Elizabeth D. Gawthrop '66 



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Sweet Briar College 
Pooled Income Fund 



Estate^ 

Planning 

News 



Below are charts showing a five-year history of the Sweet Briar Pooled Income 
Fund. At the time of writing these findings, the market has been in a slump, showing 
a decrease in the value of the units. Even so, the income shows an upward growth, 
indicating it is still a sound investment for those who need spendable income and 
want to make a significant long-range gift to the College. What's more, you may want 
to take advantage of the opportunity to get more units for your money. Don't forget, 
you still get the full fair market value for appreciated securities with no capital gains 
tax to pay, an immediate deduction from taxable income, quarterly payments for the 
rest of your life, and a reduction of estate taxes. Where can you find a better reward 
for doing a good deed? 



Market Value of Total Fund 

1974 75 76 77 78 



$110,000 
100,000 
90,000 
89,000 
70,000 
60,000 
50,000 
40,000 
30,000 
20,000 
10,000 




(Measure of Cumulative Contribution) 
Units Held B> Donors 

1974 75 76 77 78 





SI 10 
109 
108 
107 
106 
105 
104 
103 
102 
101 
100 



Value of Units 

1974 75 76 77 



78 




Annual Income Per Unit 

1975 76 77 78 (Est) 




(All figures shown at end of October 31st fiscal years) 




Office of Estate Planning 
Sweet Briar College 
Sweet Briar, Va. 24595 



The 


Sixty-Eighth Reunion 




May 18, 19, 20, 1979 


Friday, May 18 




3:00-6:00 p.m. 


Registration in Wailes Center 


6:00 


Cocktail Party with the Faculty and Staff 


7:00 


Dinner 


Saturday, May 19 




7:15 a.m. 


Bird Walk (bring your binoculars) 


8:00-9:00 


Breakfast 


9:15-10:15 


Administrative Panel on the State of the College 


1%30-11:45 


Panel of Professionals on Estate Planning 


12:00 


Class Meetings and Election of Officers 


1:00 


Luncheon honoring Reunion classes 


2:30 on 


Carnival of Information: 




Admissions 




Career Counselling 




Student Life 




Estate Planning and Tax Information 




Fun and Games: tennis, swimming, fishing, golf, hiking, etc. 




Bus Tours of Campus 




New Memorabilia Museum — Chapel (lower level) 




Tours of Sweet Briar House 


3:00-5:00 


Book Shop Open House 


6:00 


Class Picnics 


Sunday, May 20 




8:00-9:00 


Breakfast 


9:30 


Chapel Service 


11:00-12:15 p.m. 


Alumnae College — Sweet Briar Faculty 


12:30 


Lunch in Sweet Briar Gardens 



MR HENBy JAMES 
SWEET BRIAR 



VA 



24595 



Alumnae Magazine Summer 1979 




Sweet Briar College 



Datid Abrams 




In times of yore, when social restrictions at colleges for women were severe, parachuting in- 
to the hallowed cloisters might have achieved the legendary status accorded the world's first 
panty raid or the goldfish-swallowing record. But in 1979, the celebrants at the Fourth An- 
nual Folk Festival of Folk Art simply looked up from the Quad and welcomed several mem- 
bers of the Hampden-Sydney Skydiving Gub who were dropping in for a beer and a little 
music. The Folk Festival was originated at Sweet Briar by Lisa Camille Hite '79 and also at- 
tracts many students on foot from surrounding colleges. 




Volume 49, Number 4, Summer 1979 
Editor: Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47 
Managing Editor: Ann Morrison Reams '42 
Class Notes Editor: Carolyn Bates 

Alumnae Magazine • Summer 1979 

2 An Ecologist Looks (Again) at 
Sweet Briar's Setting 
by Ernest P. Edwards 

7 The Sound of Music, 1906 - 1979 

by Lucile Umbreit 

8 Miss Meta Goes A-Walking 

Edited by Katherine Macdonald 
12 "deare little Begill . . ." 
by Cathy Callelo '79 

16 Letters 

17 Briar Patches 

24 Profiles: Estelle Sinclaire Farrar '40 
34 Alumnae Notices 
36 Alumnae in the News 
38 Going . . . Going . . . Gone Back to 
College 

by Ann Marshall Whitley '47 
42 Career Planning 

by Carter Hunter Hopkins '68 
46 The Editor' s Room 
48 Speaking of Books 

by Eugenie W. Carr '68 



Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine (ISSX 0039-7342). Issued 
four times yearly; fall, winter, spring and summer by Sweet Briar 
College. Second class postage paid at Sweet Briar. Virginia 24595. 
Telephone (804) 381-5513. Printed by J. P. Bell, Lynchburg. VA 
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COVER: Appropriately for the summer time, this issue is unques- 
tionable outdoors?, as a perusal of the articles on pages two, eight, 
twelve and 46 will disclose. Vagrant thoughts of summer, Sweet Briar 
Lake and warmth flitted through our mind as we viewed this print, Rip- 
ples, which was one of a dozen or so in a senior art show by Wendy 
Igleheart '79. At the time her show was hanging in Benedict Gallery, 
the weather outside was most unsummerlike and her vision was so 
welcome a change that we thought it would make a nice summer cover. 



An Ecologist Looks (Again) at 
Sweet Briar's Setting 



by Ernest P. Edwards 



The Sweet Briar student, going from European 
Civilization in Benedict to the Refectory for 
lunch, to Guion Science Building for an afternoon lab 
in Biology, encounters experiences comparable to those 
of hundreds of thousands of other college students 
across the country. When the same student goes from 
the laboratory into a mature hardwood forest in less 
than a minute, her experience becomes almost unique 
among American colleges and universities. Less than 
200 feet from the west entrance to the Science Building 
lies a 12-acre tract of forest known as the Nature Cen- 
ter, perhaps once a woodlot for the Fletchers and the 
Williamses, but now preserved (in 1966) as a sanctuary 
for studies of ecology. 

The tract is characterized by tremendous white oak 
and tulip poplar trees with many hickories and black 
gum, red maple, and an understory of dogwood. 
Woodland streams, one rising from a spring in the 
west Dell, run along each side, just inside the forest. 
An important feature of this sanctuary is that it slopes 
down to the shores of a small artificial lake, forming a 
valuable additional habitat for study, a place where the 
belted kingfisher perches on dead branches to watch 
for small fish, where a muskrat swims in the shallows 
of a small cove. 

Students in Ecology, Field Natural History, Orni- 
thology, and General Biology have learned much about 
this forest. They know that temperature tracing taken 
in late spring or early autumn swings smoothly from 
an afternoon high to a pre-dawn low, while in mid-win- 
ter the line has a saw-toothed appearance as the re- 
cording thermometer is exposed to intermittent sun- 
light and shadow from the scattered tree-trunks, once 
the solid canopy of summer-time foliage has gone. The 
cool, moist banks of the woodland streams are covered 
with ferns, more on the shaded banks than on the 
sides which receive a little sun from time to time. Even 
a small hummock in the forest supports some ferns on 
the north-facing side but none on the slightly drier 
south-facing side a couple of feet away. Extrapolating 
from their observations here the students from a pic- 
ture of the primeval forest which once covered all of 
Sweet Briar's acres. On the drier, rounded ridges and 




In this air view taken above point "A" in the sketch map opposite, your 
eye is being led from the roof of Manson westward over the fly gallery of 
Babcock Theatre and beyond to Paul Mountain. This is a fairly typical 
visual slice of Sweet Briar's diverse landscape of nearly 3300 acres and 
contains several of the features mentioned in Dr. Edwards 1 article. 



KEY TO SITES 

1 — Carry Nature Sanctuary Out- 
door Laboratory 

2 — Nature Center 

3 — Williams Ecological Studies 
Preserve 

4— Ecology Field 

5— Big Oaks Woodland; West- 
chester Oak 

6 — Princess Pine Preserve 

7 — White-crowned sparrow 
Hedgerow 

8 — Scenic stream and trail 

LEGEND 



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stream 



property border 
!"- t C^jVi wood area 
==r natural and ecological study areas 



SKETCH MAP 

OF THE 

CAMPUS PROPER 

(ONE INCH = 0.5 MILE) 




gentle slopes there were large trees of several 
species — white oak, red oak, chestnut (now gone except 
many small sprouts), tulip poplar, black gum, mocker- 
nut hickory, shagbark hickory, and pignut hickory. In 
moist ravines and on cool, shaded slopes the American 
beech, red maple, and perhaps a few Canada hemlock 
and cucumber trees thrived. Beneath the forest crown 
many sourwood trees, dogwood, musclewood, service- 
berry, and other small trees occurred, along with nu- 
merous shrubs such as mountain laurel and wild aza- 
lea and many small terrestrial orchids, ferns, and other 
herbaceous plants. 

The various plants of the community, the students 
have learned, were functionally related to each other 
and to the animals of the forest. The entire forest 
ecosystem was sustained by a steady influx of energy 
from the sun, which powered all of the life processes of 
the ecosystem and maintained a balance with the con- 
stant outflow of energy dissipated in these processes. 
Materials such as water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitro- 
gen, and various other minerals were either recycled 
within the forest or were imported in sufficient quanti- 
ties to balance the amounts which left the forest. The 
samples of mature forest which remain on the Sweet 
Briar property now serve as living laboratories or living 
libraries or living data banks for study of natural pro- 
cesses and for retrieval of information. 



Reflecting this particular approach to the study of 
ecology, the sanctuary which most closely 
resembles the primeval forest is called Carry Nature 
Sanctuary Outdoor Laboratory. This sanctuary was 
established by Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Carry, parents of 
Peggy Carry Durland '35, in memory of their son 
Charles William Carry. After a ten-acre addition in the 
late sixties, it now encompasses about 45 acres located 
mostly on the south side of the main entrance road 
and was called ". . . the best white oak community 
seen in the Piedmont" by Dr. A. E. Radford. Professor 
of Botany at the University of North Carolina, Chapel 
Hill, Dr. Radford has studied dozens of forests in the 
southeast United States. The dominant trees are the 
white oak, tulip poplar, mockernut hickory, pignut 
hickory, black gum and red oak. Dogwood is abundant 
here and there are extensive groves of umbrella trees (a 
relative of the magnolia) and muclewood, and scat- 
tered serviceberry and ironwood trees. Surprisingly, 



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Ecology Field (above) was the site of a recent honors project by Cathy Harold '79, who 
coordinated her Biology major with Environmental Studies. The photographs (right 
and clockwise on page five) illustrate, respectively, her use of "live" traps; one of 
several measurements she made of each captured rodent, this of the tail length of a 
white-footed mouse; emptying the trap into a weighing bag; weighing; and a portrait 
of the "large" meadow vole. 







shrubs are not abundant, but there is a great diversity 
of herbaceous flowering plants including nine of Sweet 
Briar's fourteen species of native orchids. The big, 
wide-ranging pileated woodpecker nests here, along 
with the wood thrush, the wood pewee, the red-eyed 
vireo and the acadian flycatcher. 

A block of this sanctuary has been carefully surveyed 
and mapped along with an equal block in the unpro- 
tected woodland across the entrance road, known in- 
formally as the Duberg study area, and in a significant 
portion of this area the location, size, and species of 
every tree above sapling size has been charted. Student 
research has enabled us to superimpose on our charts 
the location of each pair of nesting wood thrushes, 
wood pewees and other common nesting birds, and to 
show for example that the scarlet tanager, which may 
once have only migrated through these forests is now a 
fairly common nesting bird here. Deer seek refuge here 
when hunting pressure off the property increases in 
late fall and winter, along with opossums, chipmunks, 
squirrels, skunks, and raccoons (which have been ob- 
served digging up yellowjacket nests to get the larvae 



and getting stung in the process). 

Another sanctuary about 15 acres in extent has 
been created from an area described but not named in 
the 1966 article. The Big Oaks Woodland was named 
for the very large chestnut oak and red oak trees which 
are protected there. The name became even more ap- 
propriate in the early seventies when a three-acre par- 
cel of grazed woodland adjacent, and including the 
largest white oak tree on the Sweet Briar property, was 
fenced off from the pasture and added to the Big Oaks 
Woodland. The tremendous Westchester Oak was thus 
protected from the sharp hooves of the heifers, and the 
surrounding ground is quickly being converted from an 
eroded, mineral soil to a rich, forest soil which can 
hold water readily and provide a home for many forest 
invertebrates. The big oaks are complemented by a 
fine grove of beeches on a rocky hillside sloping down 
toward the stream which flows eventually into Sweet 
Briar Lake. Saprophytic plants known as beech drops 
are numerous here, along with more conventional herbs 
such as the fire pink and white snakeroot, and an oc- 
casional rare adder's mouth orchid. 



Let AppkgaU "79 




Recognizing the need to protect Sweet Briar's 
source of drinking water the College has desig- 
nated a 75-to 100-foot strip of land on each side of 
Sweet Briar Lake's longest inlet stream as a scenic 
stream preserve, excepting only a short portion which 
runs through open pastureland. The lush vegetation 
which is now growing in the newly-protected areas will 
prevent excessive run-off and erosion, reduce evapora- 
tion, protect the stream banks and help to store up 
ground water which can flow out into the lake during 
dry times and generally improve the quality and relia- 
bility of the water supply. 

An integral part of the water quality protection sys- 
tem is a sanctuary established in 1939, a 35-acre tract 
which was formerly a working pasture, now known var- 
iously as Ecology Field, water quality field, or field 
number four. Since this pasture was closed to cattle 
and mowing was prohibited nearly ten years ago, it has 
developed into a mixed brushland-grassland teeming 
with wildlife. The successional changes which take 
place inexorably when one frees an area from distur- 
bance are being closely followed by means of frequent 
photographs, frequent vegetational studies, and cen- 
suses of birds and small mammals. Here students can 
see clear evidence of what they might otherwise only 
learn from textbooks: that the field is going through a 
predictable series of changes, so that in a few years' 
time it will no longer be appropriately termed Ecology 
Field or any other kind of field. 

For the moment, however, the most noteworthy stu- 
dent biology project of this year shows that Ecology 
Field is still appropriate. Catherine Harold '79, a ma- 
jor in Biology coordinated with Environmental Studies 
and an honors candidate, studying that area and com- 
paring it with the Nature Center forest by extensive 
live-trapping and release of small mammals, has found 
the eastern harvest mouse and the field vole to be com- 
mon in Ecology Field, along with some white-footed 
mice, while in the Nature Center only the white-footed 
mouse occurs in any numbers. In the course of this 
comparative study to determine numbers of the dif- 
ferent species of mice in the two habitats, she has lear- 
ned that the tiny harvest mouse has a much larger 
home range than the big field vole which may range as 
little as 20 to 30 feet in any direction. A single harvest 
mouse has appeared in traps as much as 200 to 250 
feet apart. 




N«nc? BlackwtU '74 




Most promising of all of the sanctuaries, new or 
old, is the Williams Ecological Studies Preserve, 
a 250-acre tract of land with a wide variety of habitats. 
Situated along both sides of Williams Creek and ex- 
tending southward and southeastward from there, this 
sanctuary encompasses stream-bottom shrubland, 
stream-bottom forest, north-facing slopes and steep- 
sided, deep ravines covered with beech and some very 
tall, straight hickories; dry uplands and gentle south- 
facing slopes with Spanish oak, some red oak, much 
chestnut oak and tracts of successional scrub pine 
woodland. 

Much of the value of this sanctuary lies in its large 
size (many ecologists now believe that, other things be- 
ing equal, a 250-acre tract of undisturbed forest will 
show more diversity and harbor more rare species than 
three 80-acre tracts of similar forest) and the fact 
that it forms a corridor of forest connecting the wood- 
ed areas of the campus proper with the forests of Ken- 
tucky Ridge, the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills, and 
the Blue Ridge Mountains themselves. The ruffed 
grouse and wild turkey which turn up occasionally in 
the Carry Nature Sanctuary Outdoor Laboratory or 
nearby wooded areas have undoubtedly moved into the 
Williams Ecological Studies Preserve from the hills and 
mountains to the west, have made their homes in the 
Preserve and then have ranged through the adjacent 
woods to within a stone's throw of College buildings. 



In the July 1966 issue of the Alumnae Magazine, Professor Edwards, 
shown above as he led a Reunion birdwalk in 1977, published the first 
version of the present article. A re-examination of the Sweet Briar 
property twelve years later reveals many changes which are described in 
detail in the article. Dr. Edwards is the son of the late Preston H. Ed- 
wards, who taught physics at Sweet Briar for many years. Having grown 
up on the campus, it was natural that after earning an undergraduate 
degree at Virginia and a masters and doctorate at Cornell (under the 
distinguished ornithologist A. A. Allen) he would return to Sweet Briar 
where he now occupies the Duberg chair in ecology. The Dorys Mc- 
Connell Duberg Professorship was endowed by Mr. and Mrs. John 
Duberg with a gift of a quarter of a million dollars. 



Portions of this sanctuary adjoin the Scenic Stream 
Preserve and extend protection of the Lake's inlet 
stream to the lake itself and then protect the west and 
north shores of the lake to the dam. Large white oaks 
are present in portions of this forest also and the syca- 
more is common along the stream which flows from 
Sweet Briar Lake to join Williams Creek. Among the 
low, ground plants are two orchids not mentioned pre- 
viously, the pink ladyslipper and the crested coralroot, 
as well as pipsissewa, running cedar, wild ginger and 
many kinds of ferns. 

The establishment of these sanctuaries gives 
promise of ever greater rewards for students and 
faculty as the years go by, with each year's research ef- 
forts adding to an increasing body of knowledge and 
providing clearer insights into the natural processes in 
our environment. 



The Sound of Music, 1906 — 1979 



by Lucile Umbreit 



The late Geza Anda was already a celebrated artist 
in European concert halls when he made his first 
public appearances in America, and his first and only 
recital at an American college or university took place 
at Sweet Briar in 1954. Musicians of the calibre of Geza 
Anda are what one has come to expect at SBC on the 
Artists' Recital series. It's remarkable that Sweet Briar 
has been able to offer such quality since all the concerts 
have always been free to the public. We have had hun- 
dreds of concerts over the years, and we offer only a 
sampling here. 

Pianists in the earliest years included Ernest Hutche- 
son (1909). Wilhelm Backaus (school year 1913-1914). 
John Powell and Ossip Gabrilowitsch in the 20's. After 
them came Harold Bauer, Bruce Simmonds, Dame Myra 
Hess, Harold Samuel and Dalies Frantz, all during the 
30's; Simonds, Hess and Bauer each gave two recitals 
here. 

In the 40's we heard Rosalyn Tureck, Andor Foldes, 
Ania Dorfman, Leo Smit and Marjorie Mitchell. The 
next decade brought Hortense Monath, Mieczslaw 
Horzowski, Vera Franceschi and Gunnar Johansen. who 
gave two concerts at SBC. The more recent generation 
of students have heard Geza Anda (twice), Robert 
Goldsand, Philippe Entremount, Claude Frank, Joerg 
Demus, Jorge Bolet, John Covelli, the last six pianists 
coming in the 60's. During the 1970's we heard Alfred 
Brendel (twice), Vladimir Viardo, Lee Luvisi, Edward 
Kilenyi and in February this year, James Tocco. 

Among the solo violinists were David Mannes (1919). 
Frank Kneisel, Alexander Schneider C46), Helen Kwal- 
wasser and Frederick Neumann. Cello soloists were 
Hans Kindler, Dimitry Markevitch and Aldo Parisot. 

In the earlier years — the twenties — the singers in- 
cluded Myrna Sharlow (three recitals). Carolina Lazzari, 
Lucile Barrow Turner ' 1 7 (three recitals), and in the 
early 30's we heard Elizabeth Schumann and Lotte 
Lehmann. Then came Ernest Wolff, William Steven, 
Maria Kurenko, Leontyne Price (1950), Charlotte 
Reinke, Leslie Chabay, Helen Boatwright, Phyllis Curtin 
C54-'55), Florence Vickland, Adele Addison, Maureen 
Forrester C63-'64), Thomas Paul, Pilar Lorengar and 
Phyllis Bryn Julson. 

Marcel Grandjany was here for a harp recital; Suz- 
anne Bloch, a lute recital; Fernando Valenti, harpsi- 
chord; Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute; Konrad Ragossnig, 
lute and guitar; this group of musicians came in the 
60's and 70's. 

Organ recitals were given by Fenner Douglas, Marie- 



Claire Alain C68-'69), William Watkins, James Darling, 
Donald Hinkle, Suzanne Kidd, Andre Marchal, Homer 
Wickline, Rene Saorgin, James Wilson and Gerre Han- 
cock (April '78). Guitarists include Rey de la Torre in 
1966, Oscar Ghilia in '74 and Sharon Isben in '78. 

Chamber music has been a significant part of almost 
every season, from the Schubert String Quartet of Boston 
(four concerts during 1906, '07, '08 and 1912)tothe 
London String Quartet and the Pro Arte in the 1920's. 
Other string quartets that came were the Roth (four 
times), the Curtis (twice), the Stradivarius, the Coolidge, 
the Hungarian, the Quartetto Italiano (four concerts), 
the Cadek and the Cleveland. We also heard the N.Y. 
Woodwind Quintet (twice), the N.Y. Brass Quintet, the 
Dorian Woodwind Quintet and the Festival Winds dur- 
ing the years from 1954 to 1972. 

When the Quartetto Italiano arrived at the RR sta- 
tion (three hours late) for a concert one night in 
1954, 1 met them. They were not at all upset when I said 
they were arriving in the midst of Hurricane Hazel and 
that the road to the College was blocked by fallen trees 
and that we would travel via the diary road. There were 
no lights. While they dressed for the concert I went to 
Manson, which was filled to capacity, all the people hav- 
ing waited in complete darkness since 7:30! I found four 
candles for the stage. The amused artists needed no 
light; they knew their whole repertory by memory! 

Orchestral concerts have always been the most popular 
of the series. The National Symphony came to SBC in 
'36-'37, shortly after it was founded, and performed 
here for over twenty-five seasons, sometimes twice in the 
same year, mainly under the direction of Howard 
Mitchell. We also heard the Richmond Symphony and 
the Esterhazy Orchestra during the 60's. 

Among the smaller orchestras have been the Boston 
Sinfonietta (four concerts in the 30's), the Netherland 
Chamber Symphony, the Richmond Chamber Symphony 
(in the 60's), the Cologne Chamber Orchestra (twice), the 
Aeolian Chamber Players, the Oberlin Baroque En- 
semble in the 70's, and in March of 1979 we heard the 
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, which was co-sponsored 
by the Sue Reid Slaughter Fund. 

We are proud of our series of recitals and concerts 
and expect to continue to provide — at no cost to the 
public — the high quality of music established at Sweet 
Briar in 1906 with a program by Boston's Schubert A 

String Quartet. » 



Miss Meta Goes A-Walking . . . 



Edited by Katherine Macdonald 





Members of the Athletic Association put finishing touches on the Outing Cabin in 
1938 in preparation for a kitchen shower and housewarming that was held on May 
31st. The remaining photographs in the article tell the story of how the students of 
1937-38 participated in the building process. We regret that we do not know who 
took which photographs, all of which were selected from Helen Davis' scrapbook. 



Alumnae of the 1935-1939 era. I believe, might en- 
joy excerpts from Helen Davis's Cabin Scrapbook. 
Helen, who taught physical education at SBC from 1935- 
39, went to Cape Cod each spring to teach campcraft 
and I was one of her students. Helen was at the AAHPER 
Convention the year I had an interview with Harriet 
Rogers. I accepted the Sweet Briar job without even 
seeing the college; every time I saw Helen after that con- 
vention and interview, she said, "Have you decided to go 
to Sweet Briar?" That was 29 years ago. Helen — now 
Mrs. Robert von Bernuth, North Conway, NH — says in 
her scrapbook: 



The members of the 1935-36 Athletic Association con- 
sidered building a cabin. Katie Niles, AA president, 
talked to Miss Glass. They decided that an interesting 
building site must be found. Miss Meta walked over 
open, rolling meadows in the hot sun, through wood- 
land places to a knoll leading to the top of the hill which 
the natives called Little Paul's Mountain. Miss Meta 
and Miss Davis skirted high blackberry bushes to ar- 
rive at the "beauty seat" tree decked out with a calico 
bow to mark the site for the cabin. It would take several 



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Helen Davis (upper left) continued thoughout the cabin's construction to maintain 
close personal interest in the project, starting with the clearing and excavation of 
the site by mule teams in March (upper right). The lower left photo shows how the 
hand-hewn logs were fitted to make the living room sidewall (April 14). An old- 
fashioned crosscut saw was used to shape logs for the gables (lower right). 



years of work but would afford years of pleasure. (That it 
does. ) That day in March 1937 was a perfect day. The 
sky was blue, the mountains were clearly seen through 
the trees. 

The Cabin Planning Committee for that year was 
headed by AA President "Monkey" Paris and 
"Shanghai" Gregory, head of hiking. Old-fashioned 
log-and-mortar style seemed most fitting to be built of 
Sweet Briar pines. Mr. Dinwiddie, the superintendent 
of the farm, gave good advice — such as the father of a 
family would give — just at the time it was always needed. 

Mr. Dinwiddie got a man in from the country to hew 



the logs (for 1937 people no longer had a need for such 
an art). Well, this old man came down for a hewin'; not 
one, but three types of hewin' can be found. 

In 1937-38 the cabin was built. The Cabin Committee 
was headed by Moselle Worsley, president, and the 
two heads of hiking: Ronnie Mann and Lois Fernle'y. The 
farm men and the faithful mules all worked to clear the 
forest road. The cornerstone was laid during Easter 
vacation in 1938. 

The half-log mantle over the fireplace is from a cedar 
which grew near Monument Hill. The wood is unusual 
because the heartwood in this tree is not ordinarily as 





Helen Davis and Mr. Watts, the Amherst contractor, hold a rooftop conference in late April luDper 
left), while Mar; Judd '39 (Mrs. M. M. Patton) and Dusty Rhodes '39 (Mrs. William M. Salmon) help 
place stones on the chimneytop (upper right). At lower left Dusty is carrying a bucket of cement 
through the bunkroom en route to the chimney. The lower right picture shows how the cabin looked on 
April 26th: The exterior framing was finished and the walls were ready for chinking with mortar. On 
May 23rd the contractors departed, leaving the students to complete the finish work. 



large in proportion. The girls finished and waxed it. Iron 
pots, kettle and lantern hooks came from the old Sweet 
Briar camp on Bear Mountain. Every hook and board 
was given a second coat of creosote, as was each student- 
painter. So the cabin was built. 

A house warming on May 31 in the form of a kitchen 
shower officially opened the cabin. The Sweet Briar News 
predicted that it would a unique feature in the life of 
the College. The class of 1940 donated money ($50!) for 
♦he kitchen stove, andirons and firescreen. 



Helen Davis wrote in her scrapbook, "To all Sweet 
Briar people who may enjoy the cabin in the future." To 
all the workers — the alumnae who built the cabin — be 
assured that the cabin is still very much a part of Sweet 
Briar. It has been possible in recent years to add a camp- 
ing and outing course in the offerings of the physical 
education department. The cabin, the Sweet Briar acre: 
and the Appalachian Trail all provide a laboratory for 
the course. One of my students, Ellen Gement '80, 
daughter of Martha Mansfield Clement '48, was a mem- 
ber of the course this past fall. She wrote: 



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The camping and outing course was a lovely intro- 
duction to the various trails which run throughout 
Sweet Briar's campus. Using a combination of classes 
dealing with safe camping procedure and those spent 
walking around the outskirts of the main campus, the 
hiking class was a good preparation for what could be 
expected on an actual hiking trip. With a group that 
ranged from beginners to slightly-experienced campers, 
the knowledge obtained was mainly by learning from 
our many mistakes! 

The class that dealt with proper wood cutting and safe 
fire-building left some members vowing never to depend 
on themselves to use firewood properly. Out of the en- 
tire class, not one person could start her fire by using 
only one match; because of this, we were later told, we 
would have perished in the wilderness. 

We slowly acquired the skill of cooking with an alumi- 
num covered box and pieces of charcoal, and although 
our first results were partially raw, we ate them anyway. 
Setting up tents and learning to tie various kinds of knots 
were skills which came to us more easily, even though 
our first tents did blow down within a short period of 
stress. At least we could put up a good tent the second 
time. 

The most unforgettable and exhausting experience 
was the hike up to the outing cabin to spend the night. 
Laden with blankets, clothes, food, water, sleeping bags 
and school books, we thought we would never arrive at 
the cabin without leaving half the gear behind. Some- 
how we struggled up there with everything in one piece, 
and though we came back rather tired, dirty and sore 
we had learned that we could survive if we had to. 



At upper left, Man Judd clings precariously to a ladder while 
she applies a final coat of creosote. At upper right, students 

close the Outing Cabin on the last Sunday of the 1937-38 
school year, a year of extraordinary accomplishment for the 

Athletic Association, Helen Davis, the local workmen and 

members of the Sweet Briar staff who gave assistance to the 

project. Inside (below), the kitchen stove, gift of the class of 

'40, and some of the pots and pans which resulted from the 

kitchen shower, wait through the summer for the beginning of 

the first of many full years of Outing Cabin enjoyment by 
generations of Sweet Briar students. 



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"deare little Begill . . . 



99 



by Cathy Calello 79 



A caravan of cars headed by a blue Volvo with a 
trailer pulls over to the side of the road and a dozen 
hardy enthusiasts pour out of their cars, most of them 
bundled up in heavy green twill coats and khaki pants. 
One of us opens the doors of the trailer and six-couple 
tri-colored hounds come tumbling out, running down the 
road crowding the huntsman for biscuits and pats and 
flanked by three girls wearing hard hats and carrying 
whips. These three dart anxiously around making sure 
that this antsy bunch of hounds move down the road as 
a pack and that none decide to bolt off of their own. 
They come to a large field where the grass is calf-high 
and there turn in. A whipper-in looks up in time to see 
something pick its head up from tufts of grass, then dart 
quickly in a brown blur down the path. She "tally-ho's"; 
the huntsman blows three staccato blasts on his horn; 
one hound gives a high-pitched cry and another hound 



joins her with a deeper, more rhythmic voice. Soon the 
whole pack is off like lightning, in full cry. They are low 
towards a stream where the scenting is good, and even 
puppies are nosing frantic and reeling in this scent. All 
at once they are over the stream and filling up another 
wood with their cries. The huntsman, whips and fol- 
lowers are leaping over the stream, then scrambling over 
barbed-wire fences. For the beagling enthusiast this is 
all. 

They care nothing for a kill, but only for the find-and- 
chase which takes them faster and with more agility and 
cunning than they had imagined possible. They take 
great pleasure in listening to the hounds, in being able 
to pick out individual hound voices from these loud and 
tangled cries, in knowing which one started the line and 
in deciding which hound is more likely right when they 
are off in opposite directions. It is also a thrill to see a 



POINT OF HOCK 



REAR PASTERN 



HIND FOOT or PA* 




The ideal structure of a beagle, 
as shown in this drawing from 
Dogsteps by Rachel Page Elloii, 
is the form in the minds of 
bench show judges as they look 
at competitors. More to the 
point, it is this conformation 
which enables the beagle to per- 
form as it does in the field. 



HINDQUARTERS 



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Cathy Calello '79 of Dover, Massachusetts, studied at Exeter last year 
where she did beagle with some of the beagle packs at Oxford Uni- 
versity. For the last three years she has been a member of the Chilly- 
brook staff. Cathy is majoring in English and spends much of her free 
time writing poetry. 




puppy that was previously intrigued only with butter- 
flies and fluttering leaves suddenly realize what this sport 
is all about. 

The sport, of course, is beagling: finding and chasing 
a rabbit with a pack of small hounds called beagles. 

Not to be confused with fox hunting, beagling is done 
on foot; it requires no horses or equipment, only a good 
pair of sneakers in the spring and fall and waterproof 
boots in winter months. The advantage of being on foot 
is that you can watch the hounds "work out a line," 
which means to unravel the scent-marked path of the 
rabbit. Rabbits usually run in large sweeping circles, 
trying to lose the hounds by subtle turns and shifts. 
When the hounds lose the scent they will "check," that 
is, they sweep in concentric circles and zig-zag forma- 
tions around the place where they lost the rabbit. The 
huntsman guesses where the rabbit might be at this 



moment, perhaps hiding in a bramble covert or wood 
pile, and the huntsman tries to guide the pack in this 
direction with the assistance of whipper-ins, who do carry 
whips but more often use a growling tone, or perhaps a 
crack of the whip rather than the whip itself, to keep the 
hounds within proper bounds. 

When the rabbit tires of the chase he will "go to 
ground" into a small hole. Then the beagles should 
"mark" the place where he has gone in by poking their 
noses into the hole and by trying to dig him out; at this 
point the huntsman blows a long wavering note on the 
horn, then collects them all and heads for another co- 
vert. It is considered a job well done to put a rabbit to 
ground. The beauty of the sport is in the chase, watch- 
ing the frantically feathering tails work out the line, 
listening to their voices ring out and simply enjoying 
an afternoon in the country. 



The Sweet Briar tradition ot or- 
ganized hunting with hounds in 
Amherst County dates back to 
the 1920's when Wilmer C. 
Blackwell hunted his fox- 
hounds. This is a 1952 photo- 
graph of the Sweet Briar fox- 
hounds, hunted, trained and 
fed by students. 




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Young entry: Puppy "Chillybrook 
Bean Sprout," who is expected to 
take her place in the pack by 1981. 
She is held by Lee Lee Black '82. 




Hare hunting is an ancient sport, first described in 
the 4th century B.C. by Xenophon. Beagle- 
type hounds were probably present in England before 
the Roman invasion. William the Conqueror brought 
to Great Britain a breed of white hounds called Talbots, 
which are thought to be the ancestors of foxhounds and 
beagles. Beagles were mentioned in King Arthur stories 
as well as in the poem, "Sir Gawain and the Green 
Knight," but by the name "brach." Beagles have been 
long-time favorites among English kings and queens. 
Henry VIII made special provisions for keeping these 
small hunting hounds, including a covered cart for their 
transportation. Queen Elizabeth I took a particular 
liking to the "pocket beagle," a miniature beagle also 
referred to as "Glove or singing beagles" because of 
their lovely voices. King James, another devoted sup- 
porter of the breed, is said to have referred to himself as 
his beagles' "dear dadde," and have flattered his Queen 
by calling her his "deare little Beagill." The poet William 
Somerville, who has been described as "poet of the 
chase," writes well and with familiarity with the breed: 



On shoulders clean, upright and firm he stands; 
His round cat foot, straight hams, and wide spread 

thighs, 
And his low dropping chest, confess his speed. 
His strength, his wind; or on the steepy hill, 
Or far extended plain; in every part 
So well proportioned that the nicer skill 
Of Phidias himself can't blame thy choice. 
Of such compose thy pack. 

Today the breeding and hunt country of hunting 
beagles is watched over by the National Beagle Club. 
Amherst County is the county appointed to the Chilly- 
brook Beagles by the National Beagle Club. The Chilly- 
brook Beagles are a young pack, recognized in 1975. 
They are hunted by Paul Cronin, Professor of Physical 
Education, and assisted by students, faculty and com- 
munity "whippers-in." Chillybrook hunts on lovely farms 
in the area, including the Girlings' Speed the Plough, 
the Daniels' McLivian, Cherry Hill, Hopemont and the 
Pettyjohns' Green Hill, as well as around the Sweet Briar 
campus. The hunting season begins in October and 




Hounds "packed up" and "roading 
to cover." Left to right, Hon. Whip- 
pers-in Pam Kobrock '80, Lee Lee 
Black '82, Paul Cronin, M.B., Ann 
Kelly '82 and Keedie Grones '76. 



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"Chillybrook Fun," champion on 
the bench at the National Beagle 
Club's Fall trials, 1978. She is a 
foundation bitch of the Chillybrook 
Beagles. Both sides of her breeding 
line have many American Kennel 
Club champions. 



continues to mid-March. Out of season we "road" the 
hounds; that is, we take them on long walks bringing 
along puppies and teaching them how to "pack" in a 
controlled group around the huntsman. 

Twice a year the National Beagle Trials are held in 
Aldie, VA. This is a unique opportunity to learn a great 
deal about the sport, for some of the best packs in the 
country come to these trials, including Ardrossen, PA; 
Nantucket-Treweryn, who hunt on Nantucket in the 
summer and near Middleburg the rest of the season; Sir 
Sister from Massachusetts; Old Chatham, NY; Fox 
Valley from Bedford County and Waldingfield from 
Charlottesville, the country's oldest pack. 

The objective of these trials is to have a pack that 
hunts well together as a team. This requires not only 
individual hounds with talent, good noses, clean and 
efficient movement and obedience to the huntsman's 
commands, but hounds which will "honor" one another, 
respond to one another's "finds" and will not become so 
over-anxious that they try to beat one another to the 
scent. Hounds which are too competitive, as well as those 
not enthusiastic enough, must be culled from the pack. 



The huntsman generally has a certain type of hound in 
mind and he gears his breeding program towards pro- 
ducing this type of hound. He will try to breed a pack 
which will complement one another in work and voice 
and be uniform in type and color. The Chillybrook 
Beagles combine the best of hunting stock and show 
breeding. 

The bench breeding accounts for the pack's good 
looks, open dress and great speed, because movement is 
a result of good conformation. This past fall at Aldie, 
Chillybrook's three-couple pack put in their best per- 
formance to date, bringing home a second place. They 
were second to the top pack in the country, Nantucket- 
Treweryn. On the bench Chillybrook has had an unusual 
national record by winning the National Beagle Club 
Challenge Cup in 1976, 1977 and 1978 at the Bryn Mawr 
Hound Show as well as the Turnbull Cup in '76 and '78; 
the Buchran Plate in '76, '77 and '78 and the John C. 
Barker Memorial Challenge Plate for the Grand Champ- 
ion Beagle at the Bryn Mawr Hound Show in 1976 with 
"Chillybrook Chuckles" and in 1978 with "Chillybrook g 
Han Solo." T 



Moving to a "Tally-Ho!" Left to ■ 
right, Paul Cronin, M.B., Hon. I 
Whippers-in Ann Kelly '82 and 
Keedie Grones '76. > 




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An Alumna Visits China 



To the Editor: 

A visit to China is an electrifying ex- 
perience, and for an American is a consider- 
able cultural shock. Almost everything is com- 
pletely different from the West — the food, the 
language (one can read nothing except an oc- 
casional numeral), the aspect of the people 
and the architecture. We were at first un- 
certain as to how we would be received by the 
people, but soon discovered that they were 
friendly and apparently devoid of complexes. 
Their long history of highly developed 
civilization has given them an assurance and 
an openness which seem to be lacking in the 
Soviet Union. They were curious about 
Westerners, and in public buildings and on 
the street would surround us and stare at us 
with smiling faces. 

Our tourist group was composed mainly of 
British doctors with the addition of an Irish 
Anglican bishop, a newspaper man and our- 
selves. We found them interesting and became 
good friends with all of them. As medicine was 
the principal field of interest, we visited a good 
many hospitals and saw acupuncture treat- 
ment again and again. The Chinese use it also 
as an anesthetic or, to use the technical term, 
an analgesia. 

We spent a couple of days in Hong Kong 
and celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary 
by dining with Cecie and Michael (My niece 
and her husband; She is the sister-in-law of 
Beth Gawthrop Riely '67.) in their beautiful 
house on "The Peak." Hong Kong as seen 
from Kowloon on the mainland is truly fan- 
tastic — high rise along the water's edge with 
mountains in the background. The streets 
were jammed with cars and bright with sign- 
boards and neon lights. By contrast the 
Chinese cities were subdued in appearance 
with little color and almost no cars except 
trucks and taxis. 

We visited six Chinese cities, spending 
about three days in each except Peking where 
we were allowed five. We quickly became used 
to various facts of Chinese life: men and 
women dress alike and do the same work; day 
and night the streets are teeming with bicycles 
and pedestrians; "Western" breakfasts were 
served us, but for lunch and dinner we had 
Chinese dishes and chopsticks only; our 
program in each city was arranged only after 
we had arrived there; in every hotel room we 
were provided with tea, bedroom slippers, 
clothes brush and comb, but frequently NO 
KEY! We had been told the Chinese were in- 
corruptibly honest, but wondered about the 
other hotel guests. We decided to keep our 
suitcases locked and were relieved to receive 
keys in Shanghai and Peking. 

Our first stop was Canton, a city of over 2 
million people. We spent an entire day at a 
Commune about an hour's bus ride from the 
city. Driving through the countryside we were 
impressed by the intense cultivation of the 
land. Every inch was planted, and men and 
women were working in the fields, using water 
buffalo for ploughing. One of Mao's cardinal 
principles was that China should be self suf- 
ficient in food and that irrigation and flood 
control should be perfected. This he con- 
sidered more important than strengthening 
the armed forces. All land, we were told. 




belongs to the Government or to the Com- 
munes. 

From Canton we flew to Kweilin (350.000 
inhabitants) where the landscape was extra- 
ordinary, with such strangely shaped moun- 
tains that we seemed to have journeyed to 
another planet. We spent an entire day on a 
boat trip cruising among these curious forma- 
tions. 

The next stop was Changsha. capital of 
Hunan Province. Highlights of our stay were a 
visit to the town of Shaoshan to see Mao's bir- 
thplace, now transformed into a museum, and 
a tour of the Hunan provincial psychiatric 
hospital. Ours was the first group of Western 
doctors permitted to visit the hospital. In the 
discussion that followed the visit, the question 
was put to the Chinese doctor-in-charge 
whether dissidents were forced into mental 
hospitals as is done in Russia. The answer was 
a resounding NO. "Mental illness is never 
confused with political conflict. Dissidents are 
not put in mental hospitals in China. They un- 
dergo a period of self-criticism until they con- 
form." He seemed sincere in making this 
statement. 

From Changsha we traveled to Shanghai by 
train, a 26-hour ride with quite comfortable 
berths for the night. Shanghai was freezing 
cold and our hotel unheated. but the hotel 
food was the very best so far. We strolled 
along the Bund and visited the "Friendship 
Store" where the finest merchandise in China 
is for sale to the tourists. One morning was oc- 
cupied by a visit to a "residential area" and 
the opportunity to see a worker's apartment. 
Six people lived in two small rooms plus a 
toilet, but shared a kitchen with two other 
families. The rent was 4.80 yuan a month 
($3.60). 

We flew to Peking in a Russian Ilyusgin. 
Immediately we felt we were in the nerve cen- 
ter of China "where the action is." Our days 
were filled with visits to famous 
buildings — the Forbidden City, the Temple of 
Heaven, the Summer Palace, and of course the 
Great Wall. But the most impressive sight of 
all was Tian Anmen Square, said to be the 
largest square in the world. Standing there. 
one felt the vitality of China, the most 
populous country of the world, literally made 
over by the Liberation of 1949. We saw the 
Great Hall of the People, the mausoleum of 
Mao, and the Monument to the People's 
Heroes. Our visit coincided with a feverish 
wall poster campaign, and every time we 
passed this area there were hundreds of people 
reading them. When we were photographing 
them one afternoon, Remy and I were "in- 
terviewed" by a young Chinese who spoke 
good English, and we were quickly surroun- 
ded by a large number of young people. I was 
asked some interesting questions about the 
U.S. government: 

Question: Is the President of the United 
States chosen by a group of politicians or is he 
elected by the people ? 

Answer: He is elected by the people. 

Question: But are the people told how to 
vote by the politicians? 

Answer: The politicians try to tell them how 
to vote but they vote as they like. 



Question: Why did you throw Nixon out of 
power? 

Answer: Because he did not tell us the 
truth. 

Question: Then you think he was behind 
Watergate all the time? 

Answer: We will never know the whole story 
but we think he was. 

Question: Do you have wall posters in your 
country? 

Answer: No. 

Question: Then how do people know the 
news? 

Answer: They read the newspaper and 
listen to the radio. 

Question: Ah, you have freedom of the 
press.' 

We came away from China with the feeling 
that the people are full of vitality and produc- 
tive energy and are determined to transform 
their country into a world power. Their brand 
of Communism seems more flexible than the 
Russian variety, and they do not appear bent 
on forcing it on neighboring countries. They 
show great respect for their past and are 
carefully preserving their historical monumen- 
ts, but their faces are turned towards the 
future. 

— Emma Riely Lemaire '30 
Lagos-Algarve, Portugal 

We welcome letters from readers and will 
publish those which in our editorial judge- 
ment are appropriate. When you write, please 
indicate at the end of your letter whether you 
are willing to have us share it with the Alum- 
nae Magazine readership. Letters should be 
addressed to Alumnae Office, Sweet Briar, 
VA 24595. 



FRESHMAN HONOR LIST 
CLASS OF 1982 

Mary Ames Booker 
Ethel Hunter Ogden Burwell 
Carole Carson 
Crystal Lee Conger 
Cheri Anne DeLay 
Anne Venable Edmunds 
Christine Judith Gilbride 
Katherine Sophia Habeeb 
Catherine Marie Hall 
Deborah Renee Harvey 
Betty Hamilton Hull 
Susanne Tremaine Huskey 
Heather Iverson 
Katharine Noone Johnson 
Katharine Holdship Jones 
Mary Rolfe Joyner 
Lizbeth Lynn Kauffman 
Carmen Maria Maegli 
Jennifer Jarrett Schwarz 
Patti Hughes Snodgrass 
Camille Williams Taylor 
Dolores Irene Teeter 
Margaret Ashley Thistlethwaite 
Martha Louise Tisdale 
Grace Louise Tredwell 
Patricia Jane April Whelan 
Wai Chee Yee 
Ann Morton Young 



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1916 



Alice Dick Webster's activity has been 
limited since a broken hip some time ago. A 
widow tor more than .10 years, she has three 
married children, all of whom are nearby- She 
lives with her second son in River Forest, IL. 

Esther Roberts Blatchford. now in a nurs- 
ing home in Illinois, always remembers her 
time at Sweet Briar with great affection. 

Mary Pennypacker Davis and her sister 
Frances '15 are now living quietly at Kendal 
at Longwood. an attractive retirement com- 
munity in Pennsylvania. They no longer travel 
far afield and miss their visits to Sweet Briar. 

Jean Stockdale writes from Hollywood. CA, 
that she does a lot of gardening and entertain- 
ing and visits Philadelphia and Florida nearly 
every year. Of her 84 years, she counts the 
four spent at Sweet Briar among the most en- 
joyable and rewarding, and she is happy that 
Sweet Briar has progressed so wonderfully. 



1920 



D. E. Wallace finds living in Gaithersburg. 
MD. a great change from being in Frederick, 
but she likes it and feels fortunate to have a 
fine young helper who is familiar w ith the area 
and lives only five minutes away. 

Geraldine Jones Lewis, who lives in a re- 
tirement home near Gainesville, TX, still en- 
joys reading and visits from relatives and 
friends. 

Edna Sloan Sewell wrote from Columbus. 
OH. that her daughter Janet's husband is a 
professor of computer science at Syracuse 
U. and her three granddaughters (including 
twins) attend Syracuse, each living in a dif- 
ferent dorm. They love school and do very 
well. Edna goes to Sarasota, FL. in the winter. 

Helen Johnston Skinner has enjoyed a year 
of retirement and the freedom it brings. She 
likes driving friends from Middleburg. VA, 
where she lives, into Washington for the 
theatre and ballet. She has also enjoyed 
several air-sea cruises and was looking for- 
ward to another in March when she wrote. 
She says that the trip to Israel and Egypt she 
took last winter has made reading about the 
Middle East more interesting, now that she 
can visualize the geography. 



I 




V'"'"** 1 !^* 



1924 



Secretary 

Bettv Guv Tranter (Mrs. W. Parke), One 
Swallow Hill Rd.. Carnegie, PA 15106 
Fund Agent 

Jean Grant Taylor (Mrs. Randolph). 785 
Arlington Blvd.. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 

Frederica Bernard wrote of an interesting 
experience last summer. She spent the sum- 
mer in New Hampshire. One evening at dinner 
the maitre d' introduced her to a new couple. 
During their conversation they discovered 
that both gals were graduates of Sweet Briar. 

Jacqueline Franke Charles says that her 
travelling days are over because of arthritis. 

Elizabeth Massie Davis writes that their 
Rear Admiral son is back in Washington and 
is in charge of industrial and management 
programs of all shipyards. Their daughter 
and family live in California and have two 
children in college. 

Elizabeth Brewster Tern pel and her hus- 
band were given a fiftieth anniversary party 
on June 6, 1978. in San Marcos by their 
daughter Jody and her husband Dick Howell. 
She also attended the alumnae luncheon at 
the Torrey Club in La Jolla in October. 

Caroline Flynn Eley has a new job at the 
new Bahia Mar Hotel and Convention Center 
in Ft. Lauderdale and loves it. Her grandson 
Cannon is at college in New Mexico. 

Esther Jack Arnold lives in Delaware, OH. 
Her daughter was married recently and lives 
nearby. Her doctor son, his wife, and two- 
year-old son Jay live in suburban Baltimore 
and visit often. 

Shiney Bodine Mountcastle is not feeling 
well and is not up to travelling. 

Jean Grant Taylor is proud of her younger 
son, who teaches at the Hill School. He has 
recently received the top award given to a 
science teacher, appointment to the Philip 
Rogers Mallary Chair of Science. 

Rebecca Snyder Garrison is thinking of a 
trip to China and may have gone, since friends 
did not receive a Christmas card. She has ten 
grandchildren. 

Mary Claire Petty Hardwick, another long 
distance traveler, had an interesting trip 
to Iran just before things erupted there. She 
and her husband also visited Pakistan and the 
lower Himalayas. Their grandson is an honor 
student at Yale. 

Augusta Gee Loggins writes that the im- 
pairment of her peripheral vision hampers 



her getting about but does not prevent her 
from being the world's best baby-sitter for her 
two great-grandchildren, a boy and a girl. 

Janet Schureman Wilson lost her husband 
ecently. Her daughter Jean is on a six-month 
sailing trip in the Caribbean. Janet spent 
Christmas in Chicago with son Don and fami- 
ly, including her new grandchild. 

Mary Rich Robertson recently attended a 
delightful wine and cheese party given by 
S. B. alumnae Ruxton, MD. The party was 
at the home of Harriet Wilcox Gearhart '45, 
whose husband is an Episcopalian minister. 
Colored slides of S. B. were shown. Mary's son 
Robbie lives in Georgetown and is with the 
Energy Dept. of the Government. 

Susan Fitchett has retired from teaching at 
St. Catherine's in Richmond and is living on 
the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She is scrap- 
book chairman for our 50th reunion. Cali- 
fornians Hellen Mowry Fell and Freddie 
Bernhard compiled the scrapbook for our 
50th in '74, and they were hoping to be at 
our 55th. 

Muriel Macleod Searby hoped to be out of 
Maine before the snows set in last winter and 
go to a warmer climate. 

Martie Lobingier Lusk, Pittsburgh, sug- 
gested forming a survivors's club with our 
55th reunion at hand, but family obligations 
prevented her from accepting the invitation 
to return for our celebration. 

Eleanor Harned Arp has moved into a 
small apartment in Moline, IL, but is cheered 
by the thought that her son Louis and his 
family are the new owners of her house. El 
spent the winter in Naples, FL, her other 
home port, and was looking forward to re- 
union when she wrote. 

Also living in Moline, Josephine von Maur 
Crampton took a four-month tour through 
Europe last fall and was planning a March 
visit with Elsa Arp in Costa Rica and then a 
visit with El Arp in Naples, FL. She too 
planned to come to reunion. 

Clara King Maxwell spent part of last 
summer in the mountains of North Carolina 
and part at the beach. She expected to be in 
Blowing Rock for October. 

Lib Massie Davis wrote from Charleston. 
WV. that she hoped to be "on foot" and able 
to join classmates for reunion. 

Phyllis Millinger Camp, Leechburg. PA, 
has started writing a family history to answer 
the questions of younger relatives, including 
her daughter. 

Genevieve Elstun Moodey writes from 
Muncie. IN, that they are well and happy 
"stay-at-home" and happy to be retired near 
all their family. 

Anita Wilson Campbell. Knoxville, TN, 
writes that she is not well but improving. She 
wishes she could get back to Sweet Briar to 
renew acquaintances. 

Eleanor Sikes Peters was uncertain about 
whether she would fly from Peoria for re- 
union or come with a younger alumna who 
was considering bringing her horse in a car- 
drawn van. 

According to her son Frank, Elizabeth 
Sutton Camp is in a retirement home in 
Memphis and not well enough to travel any 
more. 



(Editor's Note: The Class Secretaries' dead- 
line for sending notes for this issue was 
February I. News received after this time will 
appear next year or in an interim newsletter.] 



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Helen Prange Chesebro, who attended 
Sweet Briar only one year and graduated from 
Wisconsin, lives in Sheboygan. She has two 
sons: one runs Wigwam Mills, her husband's 
business; the other is a cardiologist on the 
staff of Mayo Ginic. 

Parke and I are fortunate to have two 
granddaughters, 4 and 3. They and their 
parents live near us in Pittsburgh. 

Much of this is hearsay from a call to Mary 
Rich Robertson, who gave me news from 
Christmas cards and reunion replies. I hope 
you all will send news for our next notes. 



1928 



Secretary 

Grace Sollitt, 1350 Lake Shore Dr., Apt. 1814, 

Chicago, I L 60610 

Fund Agent 

Bonnie Mathews Wisdom (Mrs. John Minor), 

1732 Palmer Ave., New Orleans, LA 701 18 

Bonnie Mathews Wisdom's wonderful Fund 
plea letter is a hard act to follow, but it does 
save me telling you about what a great turn- 
out and time we had at our 50th Reunion, 
due in large part to the efforts of Lou Bristol 
Lindemann to get us together and to coordi- 
nate our activities once we had arrived. Be- 
sides our 22 classmates we also welcomed 8 of 
their husbands, who (surprise! surprise!) were 
domiciled along with their wives right on our 
corridor. Shades of Miss Dutton! And 1 must 
say that each and every husband was a great 
addition to the gathering. 

Some of you didn't come, it was rumored, 
because "No one would know me." Please 
don't let that thought deter you next reunion. 
One look at Kewpie and she was undoubtedly 
"Kewpie" — not Marguerite or Mrs. Mc- 
Daniel. Tommie Claybrook Bowie who with 
her handsome husband Gordon challenged 
President Whiteman and partner to a tennis 
match (I didn't hear who won) had not turned 
into Evelyn (except, perhaps, in evening dress, 
slender and stunning!) nor had Squeak and 
Mugsy changed to Louise and Mary. And 
Rip Van Winkle Morlidge was still Rip after 
50, not just 20, years! We missed Footie 
(Elizabeth Foote Gearheart) and Inch (Vir- 
ginia Culver Mann) and Torchy (Isabelle 
McPheeters Stone) but thinking of them 
made us remember the remark of the wel- 
coming room-assigner at our 25th: "Oh! Yes! 
You are in the class with the crazy nick- 
names!" And they all still fit. Either that or 
the alchemy of returning to our campus in the 
beautiful Blue Ridge foothills makes us slip 
back for a time into being the people they do 
fit. And it is a great experience. 

Anne Lane Newell Whatley, who, with her 
husband Bob, entertained us hilariously at 
the picnic with a song routine worthy of a 
night club, went home to an operation from 
which, she writes, she is still uncomfortable. 
However, when Squeak (Louise Harned Ross) 
and George went through Atlanta in early 
October enroute from Winnetka to their 
winter home in Delray, Anne Lane and 
Kewpie with husbands Bob and Mac enter- 
tained them royally for dinner and next day 
took them on a marvelous tour of that inter- 
esting city. Squeak and George will be in 
Delray until driving home via their oldest 
granddaughter's graduation from William 
Smith College in Geneva, NY, in June. Late 



in October the McDaniels took off on a won- 
derful trip from Istanbul to Vienna on a 
Russian ship up the Danube, stopping at the 
behind-the-Iron-Curtain cities of Bucharest, 
Belgrade, Budapest and Bratislavia. On the 
less glamorous side Connie Furman West- 
brook said that both she and Kewpie were 
kept busy during the summer freezing and 
pickling the vegetables that Joe and Mac 
raised, but in October she and Joe spent time 
in Vermont enjoying fall colors, but were back 
in Atlanta in plenty of time to spend Christ- 
mas with their daughter's family. 

Betty Prescott Balch, again elected Pres- 
ident at reunion (who else?), is not looking 
very presidential right now, as she is sporting 
two black eyes from a fall. However, she did 
get to New York City to see the King Tut 
show and she and Dick expect to go to Florida 
as usual in February where they hope to see 
Squeak. Their oldest grandchild is to be 
married in June. Betty wrote that she had 
heard from Conkie (Louise Conklin Knowles) 
and Lib (Elizabeth Crane Hall) at Christmas 
and both were well. It would have been sur- 
prising if they were not because both of them 
looked wonderful at reunion. 

Marion Jayne Berguido has her S.B. alum- 
nae daughters well placed for year 'round 
travel accommodations. She visited Jayne 
'54 on Cape Cod in early October where she 
and Lou Bristol Lindemann were unable to 
have their usual annual meeting but did talk, 
then up to Buffalo in November with June '58 
and out to California for Christmas with Joy 
'64 and back in time to attend a big SBC 
dinner party in Philadelphia the end of 
January with Jill '67 and her husband. Lou 
spent three weeks over Christmas with her 
daughter and family in Portland, OR, which 
she has come to believe is about the prettiest 
section of the U.S. She 'phoned Footie in Los 
Angeles while there and reports that all 70 
pounds of her are as full of humor as ever. She 
had expected to return via Chicago, but was 
rerouted through Denver as Chicago was 
snowed in — she should write me that! It 
has been an odd sensation driving down 
city streets, if you can drive at all, with snow 
banks often as high as the car! Lou has also 
talked several times with Kay Emery Eaton 
(who made her first return to SB at our 50th) 
since they drove back to the Cape and says she 
survived the trip OK but still was facing more 
medical tests. 

Kitty Leadbeater Bloomer writes that her 
son Brad and wife from New York City were 
with her for Christmas and she hopes that 
next year son Peter and family from Flag- 
staff. AZ, will be able to be with her too. 

Mugsy (Mary Nelms Lockwood to her 
friends in Mobile) and her nice husband Joe, 
who came to reunion too, I think may have 
some kind of a record for Sweet Briar reunions. 
The last time they were back was at our 25th 
when they came not only for reunion but for 
their daughter's graduation. This time their 
daughter, Nan Locke Rosa '53, was back not 
only for her own 25th reunion but also for 
her daughter's graduation. Nice pattern. 
Joe is quoted as saying he had never seen 
such an attractive bunch of swingers our age. 
Joe, you may return to our 60th — our 75th 
is too long to wait! The Lockes had a trip to 
Hawaii in November but returned to have 
Christmas with their two daughters and 
grandchildren during which time they had a 
refresher course on the lifestyle of teenagers 
today. 



Helen Davis Mcllrath and I drove down 
to College together. We spent the night en- 
route with Jane Hardy Bellows and Charles 
in Bay City, OH, who couldn't join us at re- 
union because Charlie, like Footie. would find 
it hard to travel with a tank of oxygen along, 
though he is fine if people around him ob- 
serve the "No Smoking" signs and he remem- 
bers not to run upstairs. Except for her white 
hair Jane looks and sounds just as she did in 
college. They have five grands: three girls in 
college, one boy graduated and living in 
San Francisco, and a teenage girl still at home 
in Bay City. They plan to take their annual 
trip to Southern California in February. 

John and Rip Morlidge (Virginia Van 
Winkle) were in Myrtle Beach last summer 
but are at home in the ice belt now. Betty 
Harms Slaughter and John Ed came by to 
see them in the fall. John Ed has a position 
with the Episcopal Church that keeps them 
travelling, which they enjoy. Rip also heard 
from Anne Beth Price Clark's husband 
Howard that they were sorry not to be able to 
attend reunion because Anne Beth had to 
have a cataract operation. 

Virginia Morris Kincaid had expected to be 
at reunion but she was too busy helping 
launch the first Nationally Chartered Wo- 
men's Bank in the U.S. in Washington to 
get away. Now she says the bank is in the 
black after only eight months of operation 
(usually it takes at least a year) and she is. re- 
laxing by visiting her daughter in Coronada, 
CA. 

Elizabeth Joy Porter writes that she sees 
Virginia Vernor Collins (even more glamorous 
looking than in college) and Teal Barrow Lane 
and husband Hunter when they come to Tyron 
and also that Pet Sheppard Nash '29 and 
Strudwick spent a weekend at her home last 
spring. Lib's granddaughter Kathy Porter will 
be skating in the Ice Capades in Chicago in 
March. Marion Sumner Beadle lives in Albu- 
querque, NM, on the flanks of the Saudias 
and says she would like to have any western 
travelling classmates stop in to see her. She 
has a daughter living in Albuquerque too as 
well as two small granddaughters. 

Anne Harrison Shepherd Lewis is a good 
classmate to remember if you get into trouble; 
not only is her husband a lawyer, but so are 
all three of her sons! The oldest is a common- 
wealth attorney. One son married an SB girl 
and between them all Anne Harrison is grand- 
mother to nine. 

It was good to see Winne West Morris in 
May. but we missed looking beyond to see 
Grace Sutherland Owings who was unable 
to be with us because of family illness, and 
who writes that she missed us too but missed 
more poignantly the chance to "climb on some 
horses to ride with Winnie over well remem- 
bered terrain." 

Betty Failing Bernhard has recently moved 
to Springfield. NJ. She spent Thanksgiving 
with her Sweet Briar alumna daughter Bar- 
bara MacLea '56, who lives in Baltimore. 
Barbara Bruske Dewey has also moved. She 
now lives in Grand Rapids, MI, close to her 
son and his family. She is another who winters 
in Florida, but she did not mention where. 

Rose Berger Griggs has retired from teach- 
ing in Lexington. KY, where she moved after 
her husband's death in '55 to be near her 
remarkably active mother who is now 94 years 
old. She reports that Sarah Dance Krook has 
moved from Texas into the same building in 
which she lives. 



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Alice Webb Nesbitt reports that she is living 
peacefully and comfortably on the Eastern 
Shore of Maryland. 

Nancy King Tarpley writes that she lives in 
a large Virginia county that must be unique in 
the East in that it neither has nor needs a 
single traffic light. This pleases her as she 
describes herself as a thoroughgoing "con- 
servative deploring drastic change." But she 
also says she loves and is grateful to Sweet 
Briar. I wonder if she has visited our campus 
lately. I think she would still love it. but there 
have been changes, as well there should be in 
50 years, because growth brings change and 
Sweet Briar has grown in all dimensions since 
our day. There are now among many other 
changes two lakes and a natatorium, French 
professors who speak French, a handsome 
Library with study rooms and study aids, 
a theater with curtains that work and a lovely, 
gracious chapel. You should all stop by and 
tour the College; you would find it very much 
the same, but oh! so different. 

As I write this I look out my window and see 
a sheet of snowy ice covering the waters of 
Lake Michigan and I find it hard to realize 
that when you read this there will be hundreds 
of boats out there and sun-bathing bodies 
strewn all along the shore, so don't blame me 
if the news above is no longer "news" to you 
— it takes over six months from my pen to 
your door! Thanks for writing and keep the 
notes coming. 



1932 



Secretary 

Elizabeth (Ted) Clary Treadwel! (Mrs. Ben- 
jamin B.), 5208 Andover Rd., Chevy Chase, 
MD 20015 
Fund Agent 

Marion Malm Fowler (Mrs. W. McDaniel), 
6118 Del Cerro Blvd., San Diego, CA 92120 

[Note from Class President, Ruth Remon 
McRae: 

One reward for taking on the job of Gass 
President has been the opportunity to spend 
more time with Elizabeth (Ted) Clary Tread- 
well and her delightful husband Ben. Because 
of Connie Fowler Keeble's operations, Ted 
kindly agreed to take on the Class Secretary's 
duties and that is why you see her name at 
the beginning of this column. I hope that all 
of you will make Ted happy by sending in your 
latest news for the next issue. Also, I want to 
repeat my plea to please, please contribute 
to the Alumnae Fund. If you haven't sent 
anything in yet, make Marion Malm Fowler's 
job a little easier by doing so today. ] 

Let me say thanks for the grand response 
to my request for news to be printed in this 
issue. It is great fun reading your cards and 
my excitement is growing when I think of our 
50th Reunion not too far in the distance. 
Several classmates with whom I was in touch 
regarding our 45th all said they were planning 
on returning for our Big One! 

Your president, Ruth Remon McRae, says 
that she has little to add to the account of her 
activities reported in 1978. Meetings and com- 
mittee duties are still spread among the same 
volunteer organizations with no time to take 
on additional areas. However, she spent much 
of the summer enjoying the pool at her apart- 
ment. For the first time in many years she 
spent a week in December in the New York 



area visiting her daughter Sister Kristen 
Wenzel, who was enjoying a semester break 
from the U. of California at Berkeley, where 
she is spending a sabbatical doing some post- 
doctoral study and research. 

Alice Dabney Parker and husband were 
disappointed that they were unable to hear 
their daughter Fleming Parker Rutledge '59 
preach at the National Cathedral in Washing- 
ton on Dec. 3. They plan on being in Rich- 
mond in February to hear her preach at St. 
Paul's for a week during Lent. Their other 
daughter is currently the tennis champion of 
the South Carolina Jr. Net Division in singles, 
doubles, and mixed doubles! Alice enjoyed her 
trips to NYC this past year and revelled in 
attending rehearsals of the NYC Ballet. 

Helen Pratt Secrest did hear Alice Dabney 
Parker's daughter preach at the National 
Cathedral and was greatly impressed. Her 
travels this past year with her husband have 
been confined to the USA — Albuquerque in 
May to attend the high school graduation of 
the granddaughter, on to Santa Fe to visit 
her brother and family, and in October their 
usual trek to North Carolina to visit her sister- 
in-law and to enjoy the glories of the Smokies. 

Charlotte Magoffin wrote to thank those 
responsible for the fine write-up of our class 
in the Alumnae Magazine and to say that all 
is well with her. She missed getting a tele- 
phone call from Ruth Remon McRae last 
summer. 

The class will join me in expressing deepest 
sympathy to Hazel Stamps Collins and her 
daughters Cecil and Florence, both Sweet 
Briar alumnae, for the death in January of 
Charlie Collins. Hazel and Charlie divided 
their time between Atlanta and Naples, FL. 

Mary Moore (Flappy) Pancake Mandeville 
was at the moment she wrote trying to get her 
house organized for the Historic Staunton 
Christmas House Tour. She had had her an- 
nual visit with Virginia Bellamy Ruffin and 
her husband during their stay at the Home- 
stead at Hot Springs in August. 

Ruth Kerr Fortune keeps busy with volun- 
teer work — Girl Scouts, Hospital Auxiliary, 
Planned Parenthood, plus book club and 
garden club — and sandwiches a little bridge 
in between. She hoped Elizabeth Job Jopp 
would be coming to New Mexico in January 
or February. 

Sue Burnett Davis and her husband had a 
marvelous trip on the Danube from Ismael 
in Russia to Vienna. Along were the follow- 
ing Sweet Briarites and their husbands: Mar- 
guerite Hodnett McDaniel '28, Teresa 
Atkinson Greenfield '30, and Catherine Tift 
Porter '44. After all these years the Davises 
finally sold their home and bought a con- 
dominium. 

Kate Scoff Soles spent last summer in 
Athens, where her son was doing research in 
archeology; then she toured Northern Europe, 
enjoying the museums and absorbing the 
Rembrandts and Rubens to her heart's con- 
tent. Finally she reached Paris, where she 
spent the Christmas holidays. 

Virginia Squibb Flynn is enjoying her con- 
tacts with SB friends as president of the Fair- 
field, CT, Alumnae Club. Their bulb sales 
more than doubled this year. She was pleased 
to have Dean Patt when she was in Connecti- 
cut for the fall NEH gathering of Alumnae. 

Virginia Finch Waller remarks that her 
granddaughter is a junior at the U. of N. C. 
and her grandson enters college next fall; the 
family is thankful for a pause before the 9 



and 7-year-olds reach college age! 

Susan Gay Linville writes that they are all 
fine. She has returned to her painting as a 
hobby which she finds most rewarding. She 
is back on the Board of Trustees of Coker Col- 
lege in Hartville, SC. where she has served for 
27 years. 

Sarah (Chubby) Harrison Merrill men- 
tioned that Mildred Hodges Ferry was tour- 
ing England after a trip to Russia last spring. 
Chubby and Art had a cruise through the 
Canal in January '78 and that April another 
great trip to Egypt and the Greek Isles with 
fun friends. Their oldest son is a cardiologist 
at the Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta and has 
a fabulous wife and five children. Their sec- 
ond son is head of a real estate firm dealing 
in everything from Atlanta to Arizona, and 
their third son finished law school summa 
cum laude, acquired a wife and two-year-old 
daughter, and practices there in Atlanta. The 
Merrills were about to celebrate their 40th 
anniversary. 

In October Marcia Patterson had a two- 
day visit with Wilhelmina Rankin Teter '30 in 
Orlando following the wedding of her first 
cousin in West Palm Beach. In November 
Jean Saunders '30 joined her and a friend 
for luncheon. Jean has retired as Curator of 
the Putnam County Historical Museum. 

After her years of travel while in the Foreign 
Service, Mildred Larimer retired in 1967 and 
moved to Hawaii to live. She loves Honolulu 
as she enjoys the outdoors — swims a half- 
mile each day, walks 40 minutes, and does 
yoga for half an hour. She weighs the same as 
she did at 17—105! She left Hawaii in 1970 
for two years and went to Europe, traveling all 
over in her Fiat, and to South America on an 
Italian ship, stopping at 15 ports in 11 coun- 
tries. In '76 she took a 20-day cruise to Syd- 
ney, Australia, stopping at ports along the 
way. She sees Barbara Munter Purdue when 
she comes over from Seattle each year and also 
Marjorie Gubelman Herters, whom Barbara 
visits. 

Eleanor Franke Crawford writes, "Despite 
my arthritic back and poor health, it has been 
a good year. My gorgeous son is home with me 
and squires me around. My red -head daugh- 
ter is finally pregnant at age 35 and will have 
a baby girl in March — the miracles of modern 
medicine." 

Anne MacRae retired last August and since 
moving to Rochester, NY, has been living the 
life of a nomad. She soon plans to settle 
down in suburban Philadelphia. She writes, 
"After working for so many years, I feel like 
a non-person now, but expect that I will sur- 
vive this identity crisis." 

Anne (Gussie) Gilbert Davy and Hugh 
have an old flat near Fisherman's wharf in 
San Francisco and a week-end vacation home 
in Pebble Beach. Both are happy hackers at 
golf. Hugh is semi-retired but very busy. They 
travel a lot, mainly to Hawaii and Europe. 
They have a daughter at Ft. Collins, CO, a 
sonin S.F., and seven grandchildren, six of 
whom live in the S.F. area. With no immedi- 
ate family in the East, they rarely go back any 
more, but they hoped to get to Hilton Head, 
SC, for the Masters Golf in April. 

Jane Hays Dowler has just completed a 
family history for her grandchildren, who are 
too young to have memories of any of their 
ancestors, even their grandfather. It was a 
great project with three years of research, 
each generation leading back to another. She 
spent two weeks in Hawaii and then a few days 



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with her daughter and her girls in Disneyland 
last summer. Jane comments. "If you have 
to endure widowhood, keep busy and you'll 
keep your friends." 

Emma Knowlton Lytle had a most inter- 
esting and meaningful trip to Israel. Switzer- 
land and France with the Bauman Travel 
Ministry — perhaps you have heard the Ed- 
ward Bauman Television Bible Broadcast. 
Her interest in painting and sculpture con- 
tinues with a showing in Jackson. MS, in 
January and Greenville, MS. in February 
and March. She hears from Caralisa Barn' 
Pollard. 

Dorothy Smith Berkeley's daughter Judith 
Berkeley Harrison '60 and her husband are 
going on a week's cruise to the Bahamas. 
Connie Fowler Keeble wrote me about 
Judith's earning her RN and now working as 
head nurse in the pediatric section of a hos- 
pital in Atlanta. She certainly demonstrates 
how one can have five children and still hold 
down a responsible job. 

Connie Fowler Keeble had a wonderful visit 
with her son in Germany last summer. Upon 
her return home she underwent a hip opera- 
tion and shortly thereafter a cataract opera- 
tion. Happily she came through both with 
flying colors. She hoped to get out to Colorado 
in the spring to visit her son. daughter-in-law 
and their second child due around Christmas 
time. 

Frances Sencendiver Stewart writes that 
she and Bill are traveling as much as they 
can while they are still mobile. After enjoy- 
ing their cruise to the Red Sea aboard the 
Argonaut during the winter of '78, they flew 
to Copenhagen last summer and spent three 
weeks aboard her again, visiting Leningrad, 
Stockholm, Oslo and many islands, after 
which they spent five days cruising the fiords. 
They planned a third cruise last winter. 

kma\\e Frank Kohn was in Washington last 
May when I saw her at our 50th reunion of 
our high school. She writes that her first re- 
union ever was such a success that she now is 
planning on attending the 50th at Sweet Briar. 
Her husband is still working and only talks 
about retiring. They enjoy their two daughters 
and families in New York and Virginia. 

Virginia Bellamy Ruffin writes that they 
enjoyed two weeks at the Homestead at Hot 
Springs. VA, in August, the highlight being 
that Mary Moore Pancake Mandeville came 
from Staunton to spend the day. They spent 
Thanksgiving at Southern Pines and were 
joined there by their daughter, son-in-law 
and three grandchildren from Wilmington, 
DE. 

Marjorie Ward Cross spent a month . in 
Devon, Cornwall and London last May and 
since returning has been working a great 
deal at Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, 
DE. She spent Christmas in Chicago with 
her oldest son and four grandsons and hopes 
to spend some time in France in May. 

Eleanor Nolle Armstrong welcomed a third 
grandchild in the spring of '78. Later while 
traveling for the Alliance of Pan American 
Round Tables, she worked in a visit with 
Virginia Nalle Page and Hallie Orr Barton, 
and they had great fun recalling their days at 
SB! 

Eleanor Wright Conway writes that they 
moved from St. Petersburg, FL, to Durham, 
NC, last July. Her husband is taking some 
graduate work at Duke, while she spends her 
time getting lost in the stacks in the library. 
The change has been good for them after 



the tragic death of their son last November. 
We all send them our deepest sympathy. 

Barbara Munter Purdue reports, "This 
past year has been a very busy one for our 
family. During the past five months we've 
had 22 house guests overnight due to the King 
Tut Exhibit's being here in Seattle. Jane 
White Burton was in town last September 
and we had a wonderful luncheon visit to- 
gether. She's just as pretty as ever and full 
of vitality." 

Stuart Groner Moreno writes, "I see Pat 
Malm Fowler and her nicest, most friendly 
husband often but not often enough. She 
looks well and young. I just came from Palm 
Desert where 14 of us attended a retreat at 
the Episcopal Monastery which was inter- 
esting and spiritual. My husband just won't 
retire. We did have a grand trip to Canada 
last September — Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, 
etc., a gorgeous park, particularly at this sea- 
son when the trees are in reds and yellows 
with the snowcapped mountains in the back- 
ground. 

Ben and 1 toured the British Isles in June 
with a lively and interesting group. Septem- 
ber found us driving west to visit our daugh- 
ter, her husband and their two girls, 8 and 
10, in Illinois and on to South Dakota, where 
we visited our son, his wife and their son, 4. 
From there we flew to San Diego for a mar- 
velous visit with Marion Malm Fowler and 
her husband. We saw their very attractive 
daughter and granddaughter who also live 
in San Diego. In March the Fowlers are fly- 
ing to Florida to visit their other daughter, 
son-in-law and grandsons. In November we 
drove to Memphis to visit Elizabeth Doughtie 
Bethea and enjoyed her Southern hospitality. 
Her second daughter has two art galleries, 
teaches painting in one and operates the other 
as a gift shop. We also saw her handsome 
lawyer son who practices in Memphis. Her 
older daughter, Maury Bethea Cain '61, lives 
in Potomac, suburban Washington, with her 
husband and three children and is a writer 
for the local paper. 

At the moment, Ben and I are getting 
excited over our son's and daughter's leaving 
their families and flying home to visit their 
Dad for a week in honor of his 70th birthday 
in February! 

Thanks again for your prompt response 
with news. Start planning now to return to 
Sweet Briar in 1982! 



1940 



Secretary 

Georgia Herbert Hart (Mrs. George Childs), 
2401 Wilmot Ave., Columbia, SC 29205 

In the shadows of an elegant evening garden 
party at the 1978 Masters Golf Tournament 
I introduced myself, "I am Georgia Hart . . ." 
"And I am Mariana Bush King," "And I am 
Marion Coles Phinizy Jones!" came instant 
rejoinders, followed by hilarious laughter as 
this southern SBC coalition met again in 
Augusta. GA. Age has certainly not withered 
the other two — Mariana is refreshingly de- 
lightful and "Phin" is quaint and adorable. 
I missed seeing Jane Bush Long and Mildred 
Moon Montague, who wrote last April, "Just 
back from our 19th trip to the Masters." We 
will be looking for her this year and other 
Briarites as well. 



Mildred also wrote, "Tell Sinclaire Farrar 
is coming to visit and give a lecture at the 
Houston Museum on Corning Glassmakers. 
She has written three books along this line. 
Nancy Haskins Elliot will be with us a few 
days, after a stop in Birmingham to see Kitty 
Esles Johnston. We had a trip to Vienna and 
the legendary Alps last September, celebrat- 
ing our 36th wedding anniversary. Strenuous 
but fun." In February Mildred received the 
A to Z Woman's Award for Outstanding Com- 
munity Service in Chattanooga. Kitty John- 
ston stays busy in Birmingham between com- 
munity service, family and entertaining in 
town and weekends at their Alabama country- 
place. 

Mary Frances "Hazy" Hazelton. hospital- 
ized in November and December, is recovering 
with spirit. Now mobile with a brace on her 
right foot and a four-footed walking cane, 
she hoped to be back at work in February. She 
will be moving to Sonoma, CA, a small his- 
toric town just an hour from her beach abode 
about which she writes so eloquently and 
lovingly. 

Irene Vongehr Vincent enjoys mail from 
Sweet Briar and regrets that Washington 
state is so far away. After two recent trips 
to China, the country of her birth, she found 
both winter and summer fascinating with 
many new things that seem to have grown out 
of China's old things. She now calls China 
"old-new." Her husband is retired; two mar- 
ried daughters have two little boys and one 
little girl; the Vincents have one single daugh- 
ter and a son who is a senior at the U. of 
Washington. Irene works hard at writing and 
plans to go to China a third time at the end 
of January 1979. 

Barbara Smith Whitlock had lunch with 
Ann Adamson Taylor last summer in Bay 
Head, also Elsie Meeds Flaherty '41. She and 
her husband plan a trip this winter to see 
their son Jim, who is a professor at Stanford 
Medical School. Mary Frances Barnhardt 
Ridenhaur is a patient at Hawthorne Nursing 
Center in Charlotte, NC, while she recovers 
from a serious stroke. 

Muriel Barrows Neall wishes she could 
add several zero's to her SBC check. She is 
proud of her alma mater and hopes the en- 
couraging and "happy" reports continue "just 
this way!" Helen Taylor's mother Alma Booth 
Taylor '11, member of the second graduating 
class at Sweet Briar, had her 90th birthday 
Oct. 19, 1978. The celebration with family and 
friends included Frances Murrell Rickards 
TO. 

Cynthia Noland Young writes, "At last a 
grandchild: Jeremy Randolph Poland, born 
June 4. 1978, in Muncie, IN, son of daughter 
Betsy (B.A. Vassar, Ph.D. Ariz. State) and 
Scott Poland. Twin Mary (B.A. Wellesley) 
is a grad student at MIT Business School 
after two years with Data Resources. Twin 
Lucy (B.S. Purdue, Lt. Jg. USN) is a Navy Jet 
Pilot, stationed at Barbers Point, Hawaii." 

Clara Pringle Neel wrote, "Can't seem to 
stop moving! After selling my condominium 
in South Florida, I moved to Atlanta and am 
house shopping. I have been in touch with the 
SBC Alumnae here and look forward to join- 
ing them. Son George and lovely spouse have 
just completed a spacious home on Lake 
Lanier; so we have all been busy." 

Beth Thomas Mason writes that Clara 
Call Frazier and part of her family have been 
in Seattle outfitting a sailboat. They hoped 
to get together before Clara returned to Cali- 



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fornia. 

Reba Smith Gromel was planning to move 
to Sarasota. FL, in April. 

Ann Sims is the supervisor of an expanding 
Outreach Program in Fort Smith. AR. and 
does library P. R. as well. 



1944 



Secretary 

Virginia Noyes Pillsbury (Mrs. Virginia N.). 

5605 W. Pine Lane, 108 N. Mequon, WI 

53092 

Fund Agent 

Dorothy Denny Sutton (Mrs. F. Edmund), 

Guilford Towers Apt. 412, 14 W. Cold Spring 

Lane, Baltimore. MD 21210 

By the time you all read this our 35th re- 
union will have come and gone and some of 
you will know already much of what is written 
herein. When Betty Farinholt Cockrill and I 
were at Alumnae Council in October we had 
a chance to see Sandy Anderson Bowley and 
her husband Freeman. They moved to Am- 
herst in July, and Sandy is now in charge of 
the college greenhouse. Freeman is retired 
and spends much time on the golf course at 
Winton Country Club. 

Frances Longino Shroder and Norma 
Bradley Arnold were both on the Alumnae 
Association sponsored trip to Rome in Octo- 
ber. Mary Churchill Walker Van de Water 
and husband were on the trip to Ireland in 
July but under the aegis of W&L. Janet 
Staples Munt is working as the chief con- 
sultant for Mental Health and Social Service 
in Burlington. VT, and also has a small pri- 
vate practice. Persis Ladd Herold director 
of the Math Center. Washington, D.C., in 
1978 published Math Teaching Handbook, 
plus a workbook and six math teaching 
games. In March she was to speak to the Nat. 
Asso. of Independent Schools on "Overcom- 
ing Math Anxiety." Her three sons are in 
college, but one should have graduated from 
Hampshire College by now. Fence Williams 
Gookin has a new grandchild, her second. 
Her husband Richard went to South America 
and Africa with the President in the spring 
of '78. Both Fence and Richard will escort the 
Prime Minister of Thailand and his wife to 
New York, Palm Springs, Los Angeles and 
Honolulu. Muriel Abrash Schapiro is now 
the grandmother of two boys. She has a new 
library position in the religious school of 
Temple Beth-El in Richmond. 

Ellen Boyd Duval Miller says they have 
built a new house in the woods 25 miles from 
Richmond and are very happy with it. Pat 
Whitaker Waters' son Stephen was married 
in July. Jean Ryan Kehl's husband Bill is the 
Director of the Office of Academic Com- 
puting at UCLA. They live in Pacific Pali- 
sades and their house was only two blocks 
from the path of the Mandeville Canyon fire in 
October. The house came through safely, but 
it was a close call. Murrell Rickards Patrick 
is in her second year with Gotham Travel Ser- 
vice in New York City. In November she 
made a two-week trip to Kenya She sent a 
brochure she put out about a ski trip to 
Sweden with an additional tour of Russia. 
It sounded very exciting. 

Barbara Duncombe Lang was married in 
March. 1978, to Lauren Stolp in South Sud- 
bury, MA. They are living in her house in 
Philadelphia. Margie Eggers Perry sent me a 



more than full page article about their house 
and its landscaping in the Mercer Island Re- 
porter. The article was most interesting, but 
the black and white pictures did not do the 
place justice. It is lovely. Helen Gravalt Watt's 
daughter spent the school year '78-'79 at St. 
Andrews in Scotland and the rest of the familv 
went over there to spend Christmas with her. 

Kay Mensing Teitgen, who was in our class 
only freshman year, lives very near to me. but 
we seldom see each other. All of her children 
are in college — Marcia at Mt. Vernon, Tom at 
Purdue and Rob at the U. of Wisconsin in 
Madison. Kay is now serving a term as the 
president of the Milwaukee Visiting Nurse 
Association. Marian Shanley Jacobs' son Bill, 
Jr., was married in June, 1978. In August 
Marian received an M.S. in Rehabilitation 
Placement and she and Bill, Sr.. celebrated by 
taking the QE II to England in September. 
Babe Loveland Swanbeck and Ray had a great 
sail in the British West Indies in the fall. Their 
daughter Ann is at Mary Baldwin. 

Marjorie Adelaide Woods Williamson's 
husband retired Jan. 1. 1979, and they have 
bought a home in Vienna, IL, where they will 
move as soon as the snow banks melt. They 
have two sons, both Captains in the U.S.M.C. 
One, who is stationed on Okinawa, was mar- 
ried in December to a Bryn Mawr graduate. 
The other is stationed in Des Moines, IA, on 
recruiting duty. 

Frances Bradley Matthews' son Maxi- 
milian, II, a graduate of Sewanee U., won a 
Rotary Club scholarship for a year's study in 
Germany. Frances has two married daughters 
and one grandson. 

Anita Lippitt Clay's older son, Stuart, is a 
pilot for Delta Airlines; other son. Henry, 
graduated from Georgia Tech and is a mis- 
sionary with the Navigators in Bonn, Ger- 
many. Her daughter Margaret is graduating 
from the U. of Georgia this year. 

While in D.C. for a five-day course at the 
National Library of Medicine, Louise Kons- 
berg Noll had a good visit with Jean Blanton 
Murphy and Ann Moore Remington. The 
Nolls' daughter Penny graduated in May 
from the U. of Maryland and is teaching 
kindergarten in Arlington. VA. Since son 
Bill and his family still live in Belvidere. NJ. 
they see them often. 

I had a very interesting trip to Nicaragua in 
July. My oldest daughter. Jeannette '72. left 
the Episcopal religious order she was in in 
February '78 and spent five months working 
in a mission in Puerto Somoza. a very poor 
town on the west coast, before coming back 
to a teaching job in Caroline County, VA. I 
went to Puerto Somoza for Jeannette's last 
week there and had a very good time, but 
the poverty and cultural deprivation were 
like nothing I had ever seen before. An ex- 
perience like that makes one thankful for the 
kind of life we have, but at the same time it 
makes one feel a little guilty. 



1948 



Secretary 

Martha Davis Barnes (Mrs. Waddell). 4459 

Old Club Rd., Macon, GA 31204 

Fund Agent 

Martha Mansfield Clement (Mrs. Martha 

M.), Sweet Briar, VA 24595 

A challenging year lies ahead for Ann 
Rowland Tuck of Nashville who has been 



appointed head of the Department of Con- 
servation for Tennessee by Governor-elect 
Lamar Alexander. An equal challenge faces 
Martha Mansfield Clement who has swapped 
a teaching career for her new duties as Direc- 
tor of Research in the Development Office 
at SBC. She is enjoying fixing up an old farm- 
house which she shares with #3 daughter, a 
Junior at SBC. 

Vi Whitehead Morse visited Dolly Antrim 
and Jim McKenna in December at their 
home in Norfolk, where Jim is in command 
of the Supply Depot. Mary McKenna is a 
Freshman at SBC. SBC Day in Washington 
brought Vi, Nancy Vaughn Kelly, Kay Vance 
Johns, and Dot Wallace Wood together. Dot's 
daughter Betsy, a '78 SBC graduate, attended 
the Paralegal Institute in Philadelphia and 
now lives in Alexandria. Brandy Wood, Class 
of '80, is at St. Andrews this year. 

Eve Godchaux Hirsch reports that after 
1 1 years as Registrar at Newman School in 
New Orleans, she has changed career direc- 
tions and is secretary to the president of a 
wholesale linen distributor. Her son Richard 
works in New Orleans for a coffee importer. 
Sylvia Saunders Davis is "into" real estate 
since her children are on their own; Cary is a 
lawyer, Duncan approaches the end of his 
medical training, and the youngest is seek- 
ing his fortune in the fashion field in Italy. 

Frazer Realty recently claimed the talents 
of Julie Blakey Butler in their Portland sales 
force. She follows daughter Terry who is a 
R.E. agent in York. PA. Son Chip, '77 Reed 
graduate, does actuary work for PHA Insur- 
ance; Kathy is a pre-med student at Lewis 
and Clark; and Barb, a Mills College student, 
is currently a delegate to the American Uni- 
versity Semester in Washington, D.C. Ann 
Porter Mullen keeps busy as a high school 
tutor in basic English and works part time in 
a science/toy shop. Daughter Betsey is work- 
ing in Florida prior to trying for Vet School 
in the fall, Ned still works at Tahoe, and Jim 
attends Westminister. Josephine Neal Pere- 
grine continues her work as a learning dis- 
abilities consultant. Son Peter is a high school 
sophomore; Chris, a freshman at Perdue; and 
Michael, a student at Northwestern Law 
School. 

Jane Miller Wright wrote last August that 
they were living at Alamitos Bay in Long 
Beach with their boat "out front." She adds. 
"Surely the Class of 1948 has to take grand- 
children to Disneyland sometime." 

Ouizie (Mary Louise) Lloyd was promoted 
to full professor last year. She is now land- 
scaping her recently completed retirement 
home in Downington. NJ, and advises that 
the latch key is out to "48ers." Evalena 
Sharp Vidal's post-SBC achievements in- 
clude an M.A. in Political Science from 
Wellesley; a diploma from the Academy of 
International Law, The Hague; and the Doc- 
torate of International Law from the Law 
School, U. of Paris. Her career included 12 
years of service in Embassies in Madrid. 
Rome, and Paris. She now resides in Reston, 
VA, with children Larry, 17, and Vicki, 14. 
Having grown up abroad, they both speak 
fluent French, Spanish, and Italian. 

Marguerite Rucker Ellett suffered a broken 
hip New Year's Eve while visiting in Cham- 
bersburg. PA. and only returned home late in 
January. Jane Taylor Ix writes that son Jeff 
has put his engineering skills to work for 
Proctor and Gamble in Greenville, NC. 
Younger son. Gregg, awaits college accept- 



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anee and Elizabeth is an award winning 
swimmer. 

Our most unusual achiever of the year is 
Martha Frye Nye who, in addition to passing 
her licensure exam for Nursing Home Admin- 
istrators, managed to survive the rigors of a 
nine-day Outward Bound Course for Women. 
You may have sighted her familiar face in 
the CBS "Magazine" coverage of this feat. 

Caroline Haskell Simpson's youngest child 
is a Freshman at Northwestern. Caroline is 
involved with art programs in the Geneva- 
Chicago area as well as holding an elected 
position on the local library board. Ann Orr 
Savage keeps her French up to date with a 
conversation group and continues her child- 
oriented volunteer work. She is looking for- 
ward to the June marriage of elder son Dun- 
can, a 2nd year medical student. 

Westray Boyce Nicholas enjoys frequent 
trips to England with husband Roy as well 
as visits to their cottage at Seabrook Island 
near Charleston. Katy Dickey, daughter of 
Kitty Doolin, attends Mary Washington 
and is aiming for law school. Younger sister 
Virginia is a UVA Freshman. Meon Bower 
Harrison writes "no news," but I must insist 
that her superb performance as class fund 
agent has been good news over many years 
and wish to convey the warmest thanks from 
all of '48 for a job exceptionally well done, 
always with the personal touch. 

Closey Faulkner Dickey has left Cape Cod 
for the mountains, where Whit is now presi- 
dent of the National Bank of Lebanon, NH. 
They are building a contemporary solar house 
plus greenhouse. Spare time is spent skiing. 
A Department of Justice appointment as 
Eastern Regional Commissioner of the Im- 
migration Service transplanted Stan and Nan 
Steptoe McKinley to Burlington, VT, in 
November. Daughter Jeanne is a Senior at 
Allegheny; Dottie, a Sophomore at Bucknell; 
and Stan, Jr., a 9th grader. Nan keeps in touch 
with Ann Paxson Gail who has two children 
at Stanford: Ann, a freshman and member 
of the cross country ski team, and Bill, a 
junior who is on the track team. Another '48 
offspring in California is Cathy Hardage '73, 
daughter of Beezie DeVore Towers, whose 
husband is a resident in Radiology at the 
Oakland Hospital. Cathy's 2nd son was born 
there in October. Sally Towers plans a spring 
wedding and Margaret aims for law school 
following graduation from Emory in March. 
San Jose claims Susan Snodgrass Wynne '72 
(daughter of Eleanor Potts), whose husband 
is General Manager of station KNTV. 
"Pottsie's" husband Strib Snodgrass has 
been serving as resident manager for a firm 
which is developing the port in Alexandria, 
Egypt. He planned to be back in Norfolk for 
Christmas. 

The debut of daughter Jennie Lee kept 
Helen Elliott Sockwell busy during the holi- 
days. Patty Traugoti Rouse recently attended 
the opening of a Rouse Shopping Center in 
Augusta, GA, where she saw Mary Barrett 
Heard and Suzanne Hardy Beaufort. Daugh- 
ter Maria Rixey '78 is now working in mort- 
gage banking in Washington. Patty spends 
spare time "throwing pots." 

Peggy Sheffield Martin's daughter Lisa 
(Dartmouth '78) is Company Manager of the 
Missouri Repertory Theater in Kansas City. 
Peggy enjoys being grandmother to son 
David's first child. 

Suzanne Hardy Beaufort has enjoyed travel 
in the USA this year with a trip to the Spoleto 



Festival in Charleston being the highlight. 
A recent trip to the Yucatan was the out- 
standing travel event for Martha Sue Skinner 
Logan. Her younger son. Bright, will grad- 
uate from Mercer U. this year. My daughter 
Sarah, a December graduate of Vanderbilt, 
is now in San Francisco working for United 
California Bank. 

Judy Perkins Llewellyn's energies go toward 
the planning of an authentic 17th century 
garden for the Stanley Whitman house of the 
Farmington Museum in Connecticut. Singled 
out for their outstanding service to the com- 
munity over many years. Dr. and Mrs. David 
McCallie (Maddin Lupton) became the first 
couple to be awarded the Distinguished Ser- 
vice Award by the Kiwanis Club of Chat- 
tanooga. 

We send our love and sympathy to Wayne 
Stokes Goodall and Caroline Rankin 
Mapother, each of whom has lost her husband 
recently. 

It has been a busy year! I am sorry not to 
have been at the 30th Reunion, but under- 
stand that it was great fun and that "years 
just melted away!" 



1952 



Secretary 

Benita Phinizy Johnson (Mrs. Thos. M., Jr.), 

2388 Hanover West La., N.W., Atlanta, GA 

30327 

Fund Agent 

Frances Street Smith (Mrs. Gordon L., Jr.), 

1609 Edgewood Cir., Chattanooga, TN 

37405 

January '79 the Johnsons started the new 
year with great anticipation. I had been sum- 
moned for jury duty for the first time. Al- 
though I could have been excused, as my 
piano teaching schedule is full, I felt that 
this was a more important contribution to 
make. Tommy started a course in Theology 
Education Extension, TEE, under the aus- 
pices of Sewanee Theological Seminary. We 
also had so much to be thankful for: Mary 
Louise (20) and her husband's safe return 
to Atlanta after driving home from Nevada 
at Christmas through the Dallas blizzard: 
Stewart's (25) announcement of his engage- 
ment; Tommy Ill's (27) election as an officer 
in his Dad's firm; but most of all, for our 
continuing good health and growth in our 
marriage. 

This past summer the Rev. Dr. James Fen- 
hagen, Eulalie McFalis husband was chosen 
as dean and president of General Theological 
Seminary, New York City, the oldest Episco- 
pal seminary in the U.S. Eulalie has an 
M.S.W. and, while living in Hartford, she 
worked as a psychotherapist — primarily with 
married couples. 

I often have phone conversations with 
Robbin McGarry Ramey, who is teaching 
art classes in miniature oils and has sold a 
number of her paintings. Her husband Bob 
was granted an honorary D.D. from Hamp- 
ton-Sydney in May '78. Andrea, a senior in 
high school, was president of the student 
council and was crowned Homecoming 
Queen. She has received one of the four Pres- 
ident's Scholarships from Presbyterian Col- 
lege in Clinton, SC. Robbin's son Garry, a stu- 
dent at St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, 
NC, attended Eckart College in St. Peters- 



burg, FL, for his January term. He studied 
business management in the year 2.000! 
Garry is very athletic — loves tennis and cross 
country running. 

It was a delight to hear again from Mary 
Byrd Gesler Hanson who was one of my 
roommates at UNC, Chapel Hill, the fall of 
'50. This year was one of anticipation for her 
too. In January she and two friends opened 
their own travel agency. Together, they have 
20 years of experience, and Mary Byrd does a 
lot of traveling. She went to Santa Domingo 
last November and to Spain in March. Her 
son Mark was a freshman at Emory U. in 
Atlanta, '78-'79, where he pledged Chi Phi. 
Her oldest son. Brooks, was a sophomore at 
Bucknell last year. For his January term, he 
traveled to the Grand Canyon. Baja, the 
desert and Alberquerque with a geology pro- 
fessor and eight other students. They went 
camping, back-packing and studied minerals 
and rock formations. Juliette (12), who was in 
the seventh grade, was at home. Mary Byrd's 
husband Royce is head of the Maryland Na- 
tional Capital Park and Planning, and he is 
very supportive of her new role in life. 

On Oct. 1, '78, Vice-Adm. Harry D. Train 
II, Catherine Kinnear's husband, was pro- 
moted to Admiral after being appointed 
NATO's new Supreme Allied Commander 
Atlantic. They are now living in Norfolk 
after residing for two years in Italy, where 
Harry served as commander of the sixth 
fleet in the Mediterranean. 

Joannie Holbrook Patton and George's 
New Year's present was being transferred 
back to Washington in early February after 
George had completed his assignment as 
Deputy Commanding General, VII Corps, 
in Stuttgart, Germany. 1978 was an exciting 
year for the Pattons. In March they went to 
Tunisia with their son Ben, their brother-in- 
law and his wife, and relived their brother- 
in-law's experiences in the Kasserine area 
where he had fought and had been captured. 
In July Robert, a senior at Brown U., and 
three friends navigated their own boat from 
Passau, Germany, down the Danube River to 
the Black Sea. They made frequent stops 
ashore to learn about the communist coun- 
tries they were passing. In November Joannie 
and Benjamin (13) joined an excursion to 
Israel at the very same time that the Wash- 
ington peace talks were taking place. Mar- 
garet, the eldest, opened a Montessori school 
in Bridgewater, CT, and George, Jr. is con- 
sidered a real employee asset at the Devereux 
Foundation's West Chester campus. Robert, 
having fulfilled requirements for a Biology 
degree, was completing courses for an English 
major looking toward a career in journalism. 
Helen is a Theatre major at Walnut Hill 
School in Massachusetts. She performed in 
You Can 't Take It With You in Stuttgart last 
summer. Joannie had a visit in Stuttgart with 
Isolde Werhan and family and also Miss 
Muncy. She stayed with Lysbeth Muncy while 
visiting Robert at Brown U. in '78. 

Anne Hoagland Plumb's daughter Anne, 
who attends Colby College in Waterville, 
ME, spent her fall term in Rome at Trinity 
College in Hartford's Barbieri Program and 
spent Christmas with the Patton family. 
Anne's son Robert, a sophomore at Trinity 
College this year, was selected Division III 
ECAC Hockey Player of the Week. Anne is 
busy with domestic responsibilities, running 
a film distribution business, and supplement- 
ing these with civic activities. She was in 



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charge of staffing the annual hospital bou- 
tique (150 workers) and was horticulture 
chairman for the Garden Club of Princeton. 
She plays tennis and paddle and escapes to 
Cape Cod whenever possible. 

Cynthia Batch Barns had a part-time job 
as PR director for her tri-county school board 
association in '78. She served on several state 
school board committees and was president 
of the tri-county association. Her second 
son. Jon, did the summer tour that year with 
Tony Randall in The Music Man. 

Libby Stamp is a canal boat addict. In '77 
she went down the Leeds-Liverpool canal 
right over the Pennines. Her youngest sister 
lives in Switzerland and she relaxes with 
cross-country skiing when visiting. In the fall 
of '77, Growing Out of Poverty, a book which 
she edited and partially wrote, was published 
by Oxford U. Press. It is a composite book of 
case histories of agricultural projects in the 
third world countries — their achievements 
and problems. In '78 she trained a new staff 
for the Information Department she heads. 

October '78 Susan Otis Thompson became 
an Associate Professor at Columbia after a 
rough tenure hassle. In '77 her book, Ameri- 
can Book Design and William Morris was 
published and she has been editing a new 
journal. Printing History. She is proudest of 
her four-year-old step-grandson who is named 
for her: Peter Otis Thompson. Husband Jack 
is still teaching English at Stony Brook, and 
they relax at Wading River on Long Island. 

Pat Beach Thompson has moved from a 
26-room house (the former Scribner Estate) 
to a 90-year-old Victorian house (13 rooms) 
which needed extensive repairs. In '78 her 
daughter Melissa graduated cum laude. 
National Merit Finalist, from Loomis Chaffee 
before entering Cornell in the fall. Millie 
O'Neal Palmer and her husband have re- 
stored a Regency house in London, and 
Margot LaRoque Lowry finished restoring 
an 18th century inn and was involved in re- 
storing a 1732 farmhouse built by Daniel 
Boone's uncle — while living in it at the same 
time! Margot's other interests are politics, 
music, antiques and land planning. 

Barbara McCullough Gilbert was in my 
music theory class at SBC. I was completely 
baffled when I learned she had perfect pitch 
but I was really frustrated when I later found 
out that she lived in Oberlin, OH. where we 
were in May, '78, attending our third son's 
graduation! Barbara enjoys reading (she 
works two days a week in the Oberlin library, 
which is superb), gardening, sewing and at- 
tending concerts. Her oldest son is in busi- 
ness in Roswell, GA (just outside of Atlanta's 
city limits), and her youngest son is a violin- 
ist with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. 
Her daughter is married and lives in Oberlin. 
Cornelia Perkins Zinsser and Tom are living 
in a townhouse in Washington but spend 
weekends at Poplar Grove, VA. SBC is close- 
by and they enjoy the movies, swimming, use 
of the library, etc. 

Carroll Morgan Legge has settled back into 
Baltimore life. In '78 her oldest daughter. 
Alison, who was attending Trinity College 
in Hartford. CT, had a job as resident assis- 
tant in a freshman dorm and was also man- 
ager of the male soccer team. Carroll plays 
tennis; and this past year she was co-editor 
for the mother's association newspaper at 
Garrison Forest School and chairman of her 
garden club flower show. In October '78 she 
started working (volunteer) as a counselor at 



the Baltimore office of New Directions for 
Women. The big family interest is boats; they 
have a yacht on the Chesapeake and have 
cruised as far north as Nantucket and as far 
south as Norfolk. 

Donna Reese Godwin's third son, Michael, 
was the first recipient of an award to the top 
graduate of the School of Social Work, U. 
of Miss, in '78. He was on the Chancellor's 
Honor Roll and is working with Mananatha 
in Auburn. AL. Her daughter Dana was a 
Plan II Honors sophomore at the U. of Texas, 
Austin, in '78. Daughter Mary, class of '79 at 
the U. of Miss., was getting her degree in 
recreational leadership. Her youngest son, 
Donald, is primarily interested in soccer. 
Katie Babcock Mountcastle's son Ken, Jr., 
was team captain and All-New England la- 
crosse at Hotchkiss, where he graduated in 
June '78. 

Last fall before moving to Oklahoma. Joan 
Crouse Link was coordinator of the '78 
World Three-Day Event Championships at 
the Kentucky Horse Park — the first time this 
event has been held in the U.S. Over 185.000 
people attended. 

Linda Brackett Mendelson went on a five- 
day bicycling trip with her husband in Ver- 
mont last August. She has a new job working 
at George Washington U. Hospital as a 
psychiatric social worker. Nancy Hamel Clark 
exercises at the Y every day and Blake also 
exercises and is well. 

Sally Anderson Jones loves Atlanta and 
her work at Dupont. She plays tennis and has 
great fun white water rafting. On the week- 
ends she works at the Atlanta Botanical Gar- 
dens. Mary Bailey Izard is Vice President 
and on the Board of Directors of the Gardens 
and is most enthusiastic about the project, 
63 acres located in the center of Atlanta and 
consisting of a mature hardwood forest and a 
series of demonstration gardens. Mary was 
written up in the January issue of the Atlanta 
Junior League magazine. Elizabeth Sprague 
visited Mary at her cottage in Highlands. 
NC, last summer. Husband Jack was ap- 
pointed by President Carter to a commission 
to study anti-trust laws and to make recom- 
mendations for their revision. 

Nancy Messick Ray's husband has been 
transferred by IRS to Philadelphia. Their 
eldest child applied for early acceptance to 
Mt. Holyoke. Anne Pope Wells' oldest son, 
Cal, graduated from Ole Miss Law School in 
'78 and is now in practice with his dad. John 
was at Dartmouth Business School studying 
for his M.B.A.; Bill was a sophomore at Ole 
Miss; and Anne, a 9th gTader, was at home. 

Mary Barcus Hunter and her husband 
moved into a new house which they were 
building the first part of '79. Their oldest son. 
Bare, announced his engagement at Thanks- 
giving in Bryn Mawr. Son Tom, a freshman 
at W and L, was there and also Grace DeLong 
Einsel. Grace has a married son, Harry, III 
(24), living in Little Rock, AR. He is a chem- 
ical engineer with Reynolds Metals. Fred (19) 
is majoring in food science at NC State. Grace 
has a travel agency in Roanoke Rapids and 
does civic work as well. 

Trudy Kelly Morron also had a new address 
in 1979. She has an M.A. in English Litera- 
ture and in '78 was education coordinator 
and tutor for young people at Silver Hill. Her 
middle daughter is working towards her 
Ph.D. in Chicago and her oldest daughter 
(with two children) is getting her degree in 
early childhood reading disabilities. (I made 



a mistake in '78 Christmas Newsletter). Bar- 
bara Bird Baker is working as a parent coun- 
selor in a private school for children with 
learning disabilities. Last summer she re- 
laxed on her farm in Wellingford, VT. 
Frances Street and Gordon Smith are very 
involved with fund raising for private schools. 
She has been to a development workshop for 
independent schools and, while she is solici- 
ting for SBC, Gordon's main interest is in 
McCallie. 

Mary Lois Miller Carroll and her son had 
dinner in Kitchie Roseberry Ewald's beauti- 
ful home in Ivy while traveling in Virginia. 
Kitchie is very busy with her gift shop called 
"The Very Thing" which also has a mail order 
catalogue that is mailed nationally. Kitchie's 
picture was in the November 1978 issue of 
Town and Country. 

Last October Martha Yost Ridenour was 
still working on rental property which had 
been destroyed in the '77 flood. Her husband 
Doug was occupied with plans for a branch 
bank. Sandra Zelie Mulinos and husband 
Steve have become interested in real estate 
investments outside their normal occupations. 
Betty New Matthews sells real estate and has 
extended an invitation for the Atlanta con- 
tingent and Leila Booth Morris, Columbus, 
GA, to have our annual fall get-together in 
Macon, GA, this year. Leila is president of 
the Georgia Chapter, Embroiders Guild of 
America, 1978-1980. She works occasionally 
hanging wallpaper professionally and also 
fills in at a gift shop. Husband Jim is retired; 
he's in real estate, teaches flying and has a 
plane of his own that he leases to a local fly- 
ing club. Nancy Hinton Russell is most happy 
with her part-time job at Wallpaper Atlanta. 
She sells wallpaper rather than hanging it! 

In July '78 it was announced that Janis 
Thomas Hawk, associate director of institu- 
tional relations at the U. of Ala. in Birming- 
ham, became the 17th public relations practi- 
tioner in the state to be professionally ac- 
credited by the Public Relations Society of 
America — the highest recognition of profes- 
sional competence bestowed upon a member 
of PRSA. She qualified for membership by 
successfully completing a written and oral 
exam testing her knowledge and competency 
in the practice of public relations. The class 
of '52 also salutes you, Janis! 

Through the Draco Foundation in Indepen- 
dence, CA, I learned that Irene Marik had 
been ill in '78; therefore, she had made no 
recordings. She is well now and has begun 
practicing and teaching again. 

Please keep in touch as the well runneth 
dry again. I appreciate all of your cards and 
letters, and if you did not take the time to 
reply, there would be no newsletter or class 
notes. If you ever are in Atlanta, do call me at 
355-6074. There are lots of Thomas John- 
sons in the phone book! 



1956 



Secretary 

Betsy Meade Hastings (Mrs. Donald M.. 
Jr.), Rt. 1, Cox Rd., Woodstock. GA 30188 . 

Marriages 

Stephanie Smith Settle to David F. Mackie. 
Peggy Anne Rogers to Arch M. Brown. 

(Continued on page 26.) 

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A Cut Above the Usual: 

Estelle 5m c/a/re Farrar '40 



Since her sophomore year when she took 80 cuts in 
Spanish II, Estelle (Tell) Farrar has come a long 
way. One of the country's experts on cut glass, she 
lectures, writes and gives slide shows on Investing in 
American Glass, The Heyday of American Fine Glass, 
The Historical Background of American Cut Glass, The 
Cut Glass of Corning. Her articles appear in Antiques 
Magazine; Farrar Books published H.P. Sinclaire, 
Glassmaker and this year Crown publishes The Com- 
plete Cut and Engraved Glass of Corning by Tell and 
Coming's Associate Curator Jane Spillman. The two of 
them prepare major exhibits for Corning; one exhibit 
appeared in the Toledo Museum of Art last year. 

"My years of research," writes Tell, "have taught me 
that American cut glass led the world from about 1880- 
1910. Today American glass prices are higher than 
prices from France, England or Bohemia and rightly so. 
The absolutely colorless glass, exemplified by Steuben, 
is an American specialty and has never been surpassed. 

"For decades high American wages attracted the best 
European cutters; good pay also brought about the 
demise of the American industry: America could sur- 
pass the best that Europe could produce, but never 
match European prices. Colorless lead crystal can be 
made in many countries. The complexity of design and 
'mass of diamonds' brilliance of the earlier American 
cuttings, however, will probably never again be made in 
quantity because of today's wage scales." 

Tell's Sweet Briar roommate Mildred Moon Monta- 
gue '40 of Chattanooga invited her to speak at the Hous- 
ton Antique Museum last spring. The Chattanooga 
News-Free Press covered the lecture so well that we 
picked up the copy by staff writer Margaret Kelley, who 
wrote in part: 

The years between 1800-1905 are called the Brilliant 
Period when some 200 cutting houses were open. Glass 
made during this period is among the most prized. . . 
Estelle Farrar of New York is the granddaughter of the 
man who was one of the principles in the Corning Glass 
Works, the firm that made many of the finest "blanks" 
(uncut pieces) for the cutters. Because of the enormous 
increase in the price of making new pieces of cut and 
engraved glass and because of the fine quality of many 
older pieces, glass collectors abound. 



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A a an example of how the cost has increased, Mrs. 
Farrar showed a slide of one fine old piece esti- 
mated to have taken 700 to 800 hours to produce. At 
current costs — $10 or more an hour for glass engravers, 
plus other expenses that push the final price up to four 
times that amount — modern glass of exceptional quality 
is prohibitive to most people. The lovely old pieces are 
still available for much less; therefore, cut and engraved 
glass is "a great investment for appreciation." 

Among the finer things produced in recent years is 
a piece for sale at Steuben for $63,000. "This is at con- 
siderable loss to the company," said Mrs. Farrar, "since 
the actual worth is closer to $125,000." 

. . .In 1887 rock crystal engraving became a popular 
style. Intaglio or pictorial cutting done with a stone 
wheel came into the market around 1930. Some pieces 
were cut by the stone wheel and trimmed with a copper 
wheel. Copper wheel engraving makes smaller and more 
intricate lines, and where stone wheel engraving was 
measured in hours, copper engraving took weeks 
and even years. Some cut glass items were novelties, 
such as the cut glass electric light bulbs of the late 19th 
c. when electricity was new. Electricity alone meant 
much to cutters, who had done their work by kerosene 
or gas lanterns. 

During the Brilliant Period, cut glass was in such de- 
mand that new pieces appeared for the store trade. These 
pieces had wide swaths cut into the designs to make them 
cheaper for the new market. Pressed glass was another 
development that helped meet the demand. The mania 
for cut glass became so great that a dentist in Corning 
hired cutters to work in his barn. It was common for 
people to buy blanks and take them to engravers. 



24 




Tell Farrar '40 is shown (left) with a collection of American cut glass. Her new 
book (written in collaboration with Jane Shadel Spillman) is currently being adver- 
tised by Crown Publishers with the tag "FIRST EDITION SOLD OUT." Some ex- 
amples of American glass are shown in three photographs below, left to right and 
downward: A costly rarity is the Sinclaire & Co. clock, twelve inches high; its pre- 
sent owner is not known. The two Sinclaire goblets are (left) Engraving 105 and 
Puniies & Prism, both in Tell Farrar's collection. The Sinclaire plate is cut in the 
Saturn design; it is one of TelPs pieces which was shown in the 1977 Corning 
Museum of Glass exhibit. 





From that period some very fine work was done, 
engraving being so deep you can put your little 
finger into the groove. Names from this era include Dor- 
flinger, Hawkes, Hoare. Fritchie, Nitsche, Steuben, 
Libby and of course, Sinclaire. 

Good cut and engraved glass from America's hey- 
day — from the mid- 18th c. to the mid- 19th — is still 
available in antique shops and especially at estate sales, 
which can be a gold mine if you know what you're look- 
ing for, Mrs. Farrar said. 

Her advice to collectors is to subscribe to a hobbies 
magazine on the subject and "train your eye" to know 
what is good. Good glass should have clarity "like a 
diamond" with no black or pink tinge. Even some pieces 
with chips can be bargains "if the flaw can be polished 
out." 

Estelle Farrar is currently working on a commissioned 
article about cut glass for major world's fairs. "My 
study of American glass is a fascinating and rewarding 
avocation. One of my chief interests is sharing my knowl- 
edge with others." 




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Your responses have been great again, and 
I appreciate them. Our farthest-away class- 
mate, Ann Train Ross, writes from Middle- 
sex, England, that her husband John is now 
building a Dental Teaching Hospital in Hong 
Kong and has opened an office there. She 
will follow him out there in September 1979. 
They will keep their house in Harefield and 
plan frequent trips home for probably 4 or 
5 years. Their son Richard starts at Oxford 
U. next October, and Patricia and Alison will 
finish school as boarders. All the children 
will come to Hong Kong for holidays. Ann 
hopes to visit the U.S. soon. 

Next farthest is Lee Chang Crozier in 
Novate CA. She and Al had a December re- 
union with his family in Florida after 10 
years. Her parents have just moved to Novato 
and their children love having grandparents 
only a mile away. Their daughter Diana will 
enter U.C. Davis in the fall; she, Linda (15) 
and Daniel (9) are all three accomplished 
skiiers. Lee sings with a trio, and is helping 
design and create costumes for the Music 
Association's spring production of The Merry 
Widow. 

Debby Brown Stalker would love to see any 
alumnae visitors to Detroit. Their son Peter 
III completed his "year off" from Princeton 
(loved his job at Baker-Botts in Houston) and 
returned to Princeton in February. Deb, a 
senior at Exeter, is accepted under early 
action at Princeton. Deb's closest friend 
there is a child of a Sorbonne friend of Peter 
and Debby's! Marsh is in 7th grade. 

Jeannie Applequist Bascom is in Aspen 
with a fine art gallery. Gallery 400. Snowy, 
beautiful Christmas winter weather there. 
She's doing lots of singing, gospel and spiri- 
tual, and is thinking of returning to Africa 
on a goodwill folk-gospel tour with a group 
of musicians and dancers. She's doing a TV 
series entitled Art Now, has 4 children whom 
she treasurers, is a single parent living in an 
old partially-restored miner's home (ca. 1889). 
"Life is rich and full and the Lord's blessings 
abound. I'd love to see any old friends." 

Nancie Howe Entenmann had a great time 
at the Girl Scout National Convention in 
Denver last October. She is planning to relax 
next year with her Council presidency term 
completed, and "get gorgeous for our 25th!" 
Becky is playing keyboard in school jazz band 
and much violin. She will be touring colleges 
this spring and Nancie wishes SBC had an 
orchestra. Dirk is happy at Michigan. 

Peggy Pattillo Beckham is beginning her 
third year on the Abilene school board and 
awaiting the shock waves from Proposition 
13! Her oldest two children are in Texas U.; 
the youngest two are still at home. 

Changes in address cards indicate two new 
marriages among classmates. Stephanie 
Smith Settle was recorded in July 1978 to be 
Mrs. David F. Mackie, living in Houston, 
TX. And Peggy Anne Rogers was recorded in 
April 1978 to be Mrs. Arch M. Brown, Vir- 
ginia Beach, VA. Much happiness to both 
these girls! Let us hear about your lives. 

Nancy Ettinger Minor coordinated the 
summer campership program last spring for 
the anti-poverty agency she works for. She 
now has finished six hours of A's toward her 
college degree, jogs daily, plays tennis, and 
occasionally raises miniature dachshunds. 

Marlene Etienne Engdahl has moved from 
Foxboro, MA, to Guilford, CT, though I have 
no news from her. Corky Lauter Murray and 
family spent another summer at Shelter 



Island, off Long Island, with lots of boating, 
tennis and golf. Laura is now a freshman at 
Dartmouth, Bob has just gotten his driver's 
license, and Caroline is 10. Corky's other 
interests are "Women's Club, Girl Scouts, 
tennis, and (get this!) aerobic dancing — the 
greatest!" 

Anne Marie Jacobson Shramko is in her 
sixth year teaching 6th grade history and 
literature in a private school near Holmdel, 
NJ. Their daughter Carol graduated from 
Colgate in June, Paul is in his third year at 
Georgia Teeh, and Keith is a high school 
senior playing lots of tennis to improve his 
ranking in the E.T.A. Their family discovered 
Maine last summer and hope to spend much 
of this summer on Mt. Desert Island, off 
the Maine coast. She says the huge vegetable 
garden they usually have might be neglected. 

This year there are three seniors in Barbara 
Bernhard MacLea's family. Their oldest 
daughter. Ginger, is a senior at Trinity Col- 
lege in Hartford; their youngest, Sally, is a 
senior at Friends School in Baltimore; and 
Barbara is a senior at Towson State University 
in Baltimore, majoring in Health Science. 

Parksie Carroll Mulholland came to 
Atlanta with Jack for a medical meeting and 
had a great time with Carolyn Dickinson 
Tynes, whom Parksie says "would still do 
justice to the May Court." Their daughter 
Randie has transferred from Sweet Briar to 
co-ed Denison. Their son David, a high school 
senior, is considering Denison as well as other 
Southern colleges. ("We may be close to the 
Mason-Dixon line, but the Southern genes 
seem to predominate.") Jeff is 15. Parksie is 
heavily involved in gardening, flower show 
judging, lecturing a little, and seeking more 
horticultural education. She is also playing 
paddle tennis in 10 degree weather. 

Word come from Louisville. KY, that Macie 
Clay Nichols was elected vice-president of 
the Louisville Zoological Society at the Octo- 
ber board meeting. Mary Alice Major Dun- 
can is busy in Hopkinsville with Homemakers 
Club. Literary Club and church deacon duties. 
Graham has his own air charter business. 
Their son Bill is at Centre College, Rives is 
a U.S. Air Force Academy freshman, and 
Andrea is a varsity cheerleader at home. 
Julie Jackson Welch is just finishing up her 
first commercial decorating job, which she 
enjoyed greatly. She went to Puerto Rico with 
friends in January and skiing in Vail in 
March. She was hoping to see Mary Ann 
Hicklin Quarngesser in February when she 
brought one of her girls to W. Va. U. 

Two more address changes: as of June 1978, 
Joan Roberts Slattery has moved from 
Spokane, WA, to Cupertino, CA; Kay New- 
man Yonge has moved from Austin, TX, to 
Marina Del Ray, CA, as of February 1979. 

Jane Slack Engleby writes: "This time I do 
have news. After five years of widowhood I 
am marrying again — on April 14. My hus- 
band-to-be is Dennis Sigloh, a resident of 
Greenwich, CT, and marketing manager with 
I.B.M. I hate to leave Virginia, but look for- 
ward to a new 'passage.' I plan continued 
studies and hope to write a series of English 
grammar books. My children are now fresh- 
man, sophomore, junior and senior in high 
school." Much happiness to Jane! 

Jane Black Clark's daughter Alden is work- 
ing in a Washington law firm as a paralegal. 
Janie is a Sweet Briar senior who hates for her 
four years to be ending. Jane and David had 
a great time at Parents' Weekend, which Janie 



was co-chairman of. and saw the Senior Play, 
Toad of Toad Hall. Ashby, a 10th grader, 
plays basketball and softball. Jane was on 
the Search Committee which selected a fine 
new minister for Good Shepherd Episcopal 
Church. Jane and David were in Sanibel 
Island, FL. in March. 

Kitty Harrison has moved from Austin. 
TX, to Chapel Hill, NC, as of April 1978. 
Welcome East, Kitty! 

Frances Gilbert Browne and Herb are just 
beginning to dig out from under a remodeling 
which disturbed all but three of their rooms. 
She says sharing the house with carpenters is 
not ideal. Howard is a happy Davidson fresh- 
man, Gilbert is looking at colleges and play- 
ing lots of tennis, and Paul is in 7th grade and 
enjoying life. They went skiing during 
Christmas vacation. Ann Greer Adams was 
Gilbert's second mother when he played a 
Southern tournament in Mobile — she and 
her whole family took him in. "He came away 
convinced that the good life is in Alabama!" 
Also from Charlotte, Frances Shannon- 
house Clardy writes that their son Jim grad- 
uated from Episcopal High last year and is a 
freshman at UNC, and their daughter Frances 
is a sophomore at Chatham Hall. 

Ann Stevens Allen was at Sweet Briar in 
the fall for a Riding Alumnae Weekend. 
Forty alumnae arrived for a wonderful week- 
end of riding, beagling and a pace event. 
Ann spent the night in the dorm with her 
freshman daughter Dansie and went to a 
W & L fraternity party, being introduced to 
all as Dansie's cousin. Dansie has organized 
a Riflery Club at SB. a sport she learned at 
summer camp, and 35 girls have joined up. 
Ann hunts regularly at Tryon. NC, is re- 
tired from the Spartanburg Arts Council, and 
is sculpting portrait heads for friends. 

Marguerite Geer Wellborn says this seems 
to be their year of decisions, with one boy 
starting college and another starting kinder- 
garten in the fall! Other than usual activities 
of a family with four boys (17, 14, 11, and 5), 
she and Marshall spend many volunteer hours 
working for the Juvenile Diabetes Founda- 
tion, raising funds for research in hopes of 
finding a cure for diabetes. 

In Birmingham, Carolyn Dickinson Tynes 
says her husband Bayard and the boys 
(Bayard, Jr., junior at Sewanee; Ingram, 
freshman at Wake Forest; and Norman, 14) 
are busy developing 500 acres and a hunt 
club. Her daughter Cary, a blonde, loves 
sports, especially baseball. After three boys, 
Carolyn finds Girls' Little League a blowf 
She is now a licensed Landscape Designer 
and is having lots of fun working. She is also 
happy to see the increased SBC Alumnae 
activity in Birmingham. 

Last February, Don and his father became 
involved in a new mail-order company which 
they call Don Hastings' Southern Gardening/ 
Southern Garden Company, specializing in 
vegetable seeds and garden accessories. If 
any of you want a catalog with very few pic- 
tures but jam-packed with information on 
how to grow vegetables in the South, let me 
know and I'll send you one. It's great fun 
watching it grow solidly on their fine horticul- 
tural reputations. I am a teaching assistant in 
the 3rd gt-ade this year (my favorite, since that 
is what I once taught) at Lovett. Don, 10, and 
Chris, 7, are good soccer players. Our greatest 
gardening success last summer was raising 
louffa gourds for Christmas presents as 
sponges. I hope to see Lou Galleher Coldwell 



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and the Richmond girls at spring vacation. 
Come lie on our floating dock this summer. 
We have three years now to get ready for 
our 25th! 



1960 



Secretary 

Janet Holmes Delaney (Mrs. Stephen C), 318 
Brookvale, Smoke Rise, Kinnelon. NJ 07405 
Fund Agent 

Tucky McFall Ziebold (Mrs. John F.), 5 
Hunter Point Rd.. Charleston, WV 25314 

This year we have two mystery guests for 
me to try to identify — one more than last 
year. Please, Ladies, sign your cards with 
maiden and surnames. Thanks to Shirley Hay- 
man Sudduth for identifying herself as last 
year's unidentified correspondent. She and 
husband John, a procurement manager for 
Valley Grain Products, a Mexican food pro- 
ducts company, have moved to California. 
Their three children, Bob, 19; Linda, 18; and 
Peter, 16, are pursuing their educations — 
with time out for the whole family to spend 
Christmas in Hawaii. Shirley is involved with 
volunteer work for the community hospital 
and her church. 

From Texas, Maline Gilbert McCalla writes 
that she has been giving SBC publicity by 
wearing her blazer, which she unearthed 
from a long-forgotten corner. Lee Cullum 
Clark, as Vice President for Program De- 
velopment and Production of the Public Tele- 
vision Station in Dallas, has worked on an 
international documentary consortium with 
public broadcasters in six nations, each con- 
tributing two documentaries on current af- 
fairs, arts, and sciences to form a series of 
twelve programs. Her other important pro- 
ject this year was mounting a seven-show 
series, originating from San Francisco, Dallas, 
Chicago. South Carolina, and New York, to 
cover the Congressional elections in the fall. 

Liz Few Penfield and husband "Thorny" 
spent Christmas skiing in Colorado. Liz has 
been touring around the country giving 
speeches on the so-called literary crisis and 
coming home to work on remodeling an old 
New Orleans house. Carol Ann Kolakowski 
Nalewaik is teaching algebra and geometry 
in an all-boys high school in New Orleans. 
Her husband Jerry is District Production 
Geologist in Ethan Harvey's office. 

Barbara Bell Peterson, husband Ed, and 
their three children visited SBC in July for the 
first time in 20 years, with a visit to her former 
roommate Jane Ellis Covington en route. Nina 
Wilkerson Bugg, husband and two sons stayed 
with Margot McKee in New York last fall 
and toured Manhattan from one end to the 
other. Linda Sims Grady is still teaching at 
Westminster Academy, where her two chil- 
dren attend school. Daughter Anna graduates 
in May and has been accepted under the early 
decision plan at Furman U. 

Dorothy Westby Campaigne has moved to 
Fort Lauderdale, FL, where her husband 
Jonathan has lived. She completed her M.F.A. 
at Rhode Island School of Design in litho- 
graphy and obtained her private pilot license 
in November. Dottie is working toward the 
commerical and instrument licenses. Mollie 
McDonald Brasfield and her children moved 
to Charlotte, NC in June 1978. She is teach- 
ing part time at Winthrop College in Rock 



Hill, SC, and says her Master's work at U.Va. 
has come in handy. Alice Jones Torbett has 
moved to Knoxville, where husband David has 
a new job as administrative law judge for the 
Dept. of Interior. While still in Virginia, Alice 
had several articles in area publications and 
plans to continue free-lance writing. 

In Virginia, Elizabeth Meade Howard con- 
tinues teaching journalism at U.Va. Pres- 
ently she is editing the Darden Business 
School's magazine, focusing the issue on 
women in management. Angie Schmidlapp 
Stephens, who moved to Weems, VA, five 
years ago with husband Brad and son Jeff, 
18, opened a boutique in White Stone which 
is flourishing. They recently bought an old 
house in Irvington, adjacent to the Tides Inn, 
which they are in the process of remodeling. 

Patti Powell Pusey is working part time as 
volunteer coordinator for a 105-acre park in 
Richmond. She and one of her three children 
are riding weekly. Anita Perrin Grymes is 
teaching fifth grade at Collegiate, substituting 
for a semester for a teacher on sabbatical. 
She enjoyed a visit from Margot Saur Meyer 
during the summer while Margot's children 
were at a swim camp in Charlottesville. Jane 
Ellis Covington of necessity spent a very quiet 
fall when a pinched nerve in her neck forced 
her to bed. Jane says it was a wonderful op- 
portunity to catch up on her reading. 

Judy Cowen Jones went to London in 
November and saw the Wightman Cup played. 
Her husband Mac is building another shop- 
ping center near Harrisonburg, VA. Judy's 
daughters Debbie and Allison represented 
Shenandoah Farms at a recent horse show 
and won the team championship against 
V.P.I, and Stuart Hall. Barbara Beam Den- 
nison opened an art consulting business last 
January, and she continues to paint and ex- 
hibit in a local gallery. 

Patricia Russell Binnie informs me that 
last year's news of her was four years old. 
Sorry, Pat, someone goofed! Her son James 
is four years old, not newly born last year. Ann 
Weingart Teig is currently living in Norway, 
where she is teaching violin as a "re-schooled 
biologist" in community music schools. Janet 
Maynard Henderson, living in England, re- 
ports that she is still riding and has been com- 
peting in dressage events with two horses. 

I would like to share a card from Betsy 
Buechner Morris with you verbatim, as she 
surely qualifies as the Erma Bombeck of the 
Class of '60. "Your request for news arrived 
as Chrissy was agonizing about what to wear 
above the diapers that she is wearing as Baby 
New Year in the 3rd gTade play. Peter, 12, was 
showing off with pride the cast on his arm for 
his broken hand that he got from hitting his 
brother on the head. We were all very relieved 
that Tom, 13, was home, having spent much 
of Thanksgiving lost in the Marblehead, MA, 
storm sewers!" 

Sue Styer Ericksen reports that she at- 
tended SBC's first riding reunion last fall and 
was suitably impressed with the new riding 
facilities. Lucy Martin Gianino is trying to 
keep up with children's schedules of Gemima, 
8'/i; Antonia, 5V2; and Gian-Murray, 9 mos., 
while concentrating her own career currently 
on commercials and a film done in Alabama 
— Rape and Rape Prevention. Husband 
Jack is stage managing John Currie's "ice 
dancing." 

Nancy Corson Carringer will receive her 
Master's in Student Personnel and Guidance 
in the spring. She has begun a second career 



in horse breeding, with the first foal born last 
spring. Husband Don is a media specialist in 
an elementary school while Nancy teaches in 
high school as an experimental learning co- 
ordinator. Margot Saur Meyer's daughter 
Jenny, 10, won the state title in the 100-meter 
butterfly this past summer in the N. J. Jr. 
Olympics. Her husband Bob is now a mem- 
ber of the N. J. Bar, practicing law in Newark 
and maintaining his real estate business as 
well. 

I spent a busy summer taking my son Tom, 
17, South to visit colleges prior to his apply- 
ing in the fall. He was elected to Who's Who 
in American High Schools at the end of his 
junior year, as well as making All-Conference 
Baseball Team as a shortstop. We visited with 
Jane Ellis Covington on our trip, looking 
at the U. of Richmond on our way through to 
North Carolina. We also stopped at Sweet 
Briar so Tom could see my alma mater, since 
he was applying to W&L and I wanted him to 
know there are females close at hand! It de- 
finitely makes one aware of the aging process 
when one is looking at colleges as the mother 
of a prospective student. 

My thanks to all of you who responded. 
Let's hear from more of you next time! 



1964 



Secretary 

Marshall Metcalf Seymour (Mrs. Jack M., 
Jr.), 4407 N. 35th St., Arlington, VA 22207 
Fund Agent 

Mary Duer Leach (Mrs. Walter R.). 1595 
Layfayette Rd., Gladwyne. PA 19035 

Marriages 

Susan Shierling Riegel to Frank C. Harding, 
Jr., Oct. 7, 1978. 

Births 

To Susan Dwelle Baxter, a daughter. Lucy 

Marshall Baxter, Feb. 17, 1978. 

To Mary Waties Pope Kennedy, 3rd child, 

1st daughter, Mary Sumter Waties Kennedy, 

May 30, 1978. 

To Dona Van Arsdale Jones. 1st child, Emily 

Baker Jones, March 27, 1978. 

It hardly seems possible that we were pre- 
paring for "comps" this time 15 years ago. 
Many events have taken place in the mean- 
time, and it will be fun to catch up on all the 
details in May. I hope all of you are coming. 
By the time you read this, of course, our 
famous fifteenth will have taken place. 

My year was typical, with my split per- 
sonality leading me into both design (doing 
it) and antiques (researching it) courses: I've 
continued teaching art on and off and will also 
be "subbing" for the French teacher this 
spring. The boys are doing the usual things 
at school, plus French, art at the Corcoran 
Gallery, and riding. Peter was in a horse show 
at the Jr. Equitation School here which bene- 
fited the Littauer Chair at SBC! We are now 
switching gears: buying a larger house and 
preparing for our next post at the American 
Embassy. Bonn. We'll be a little nostalgic 
for the simpler, but surely more difficult life 
in E. Europe, as well as for the highly com- 
plicated and somewhat frantic American 
scene. Perhaps W. Europe is a happy medium. 

I've had the pleasure of several mini-re- 



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unions this year, with Hedi Haug White in 
NYC in May, and again here in June, when 
she brought Tim (5) down. Tim, by the way, 
was led astray by my Randle who taught him 
how to climb trees at 7 a.m., but not how to 
get down! Hedi writes that the three Whites 
have taken up skiing and rented a condomin- 
ium in Vermont for a week. She works part- 
time for a company that develops manage- 
ment/technical seminars and conferences. 
Hedi has seen Ashton Barfield, M.D., who is 
at the Population Council's Center for Bio- 
medical Research and who was quoted last 
summer in the London Observer on the sub- 
ject of genetic research in the U.S. 

Lib Kopper Schollaert and 1 bumped into 
each other often at the pool. At last report 
she was leaving her PTA-sponsored French 
teaching position for one at Marymount 
Junior School. 

Phone conversations with Gail Rolhrock 
Trozzo and Jackie Nicholson Wysong indicate 
they are thriving in Alexandria. VA. 

Jane Bradley Wheeler writes she had a 
mini-reunion in Hilton Head, SC, with Harriet 
Houston Shaffer, Susan Bronson Croft. Susan 
Dwelle Baxter, and Margaret Street Wilson. 
Susan Bronson's house-renovating company, 
Residential Updaters, Inc., is still going 
strong. 

Nan Brooke Williams sent a newspaper 
article describing her 4th child's birth at 
home in 1976. Nan is now enrolled at Jack- 
sonville State U., working on an M.A. in 
piano. 

V.M. Del Greco Galgano, "disgustingly 
enthusiastic" as usual, reports she, Mike, and 
the children are in Chapel Hill for the year, 
but that they will spend 10 days in London in 
March. 

In Charlottesville, Barbara Doty Miller 
has a job as Assistant Regional Director for 
Joint Action in Community Service, an organi- 
zation which recruits, trains, and provides 
support for volunteers in local communities 
who serve as advisors to ex -Job Corpsmen re- 
turning home or relocating. 

Dootsie Duer Leach rejoices in her busy, 
happy year in her new home, as vice presi- 
dent of the city YWCA Board of Directors, 
and as a member of the Auxiliary Board at 
Children's Hospital of the Jr. League. She 
is looking forward to turning the fund agent 
books over to a new volunteer. Thank you, 
Doots, for doing such a good job! 

Judy Dunn Spangenberg has written two 
more children's books, both illustrated by 
her photographer mother, Phoebe Pierson 
Dunn '36! 

Alice Fates Stewart regrets missing reunion 
as they will be going to a music festival, an 
annual wedding anniversary celebration. 
Alice continues to teach history and Dick 
to teach law. The 1979-80 academic year will 
be spent at Berkeley. 

Susie Glasgow Brown and husband are 
busy running their own real estate company, 
Harpeth Co., and keeping up with the chil- 
dren 5, 9, and 11. 

Nancy Hall Green is up to her eyebrows as 
president of the Atlanta Jr. League. She hopes 
to make reunion, but may have a conflicit 
with League business. 

Joan Hulley Liverman is working in a 
nearby mental health clinic as a consultant, 
while husband Phillip is with the Dept. of 
Nephrology at UVA. 

At last report Kathy Hsu Jeong was en- 
joying her house in Oakland and work at 



U.C. Medical Center in San Francisco. 

Caroline Keller Gilliland is touting her 
new menu cookbook, Louisiana Entertains, 
benefiting the Rapides Symphony Orchestra. 
It can be ordered from her or through the 
SBC bookstore. 

Vera LeCraw Carvaillos writes from Paris 
where she and Philippe sell, import, and 
export scientific -instruments. Patricia is 9Vi, 
and Jean-Philippe (2'/2> chatters in French and 
English. Vera's mother will be visiting them at 
Mardi Gras time. 

New Yorkers take note: Linda Lee Mc- 
Andrew will be in two dance concerts this 
spring: one took place April 27th and 28th. 
"Linda Lee McAndrew Dances Solos" at 
the Dance Gallery 14th St. and 2nd Ave., 
and she'll dance June 7- 10th with Linda 
Diamond & Co. at the Theatre of Riverside 
Church. 

Kate Roy Massie Christian is busy heading 
her church's women's group. She and Dixon 
had two great trips up the. Maine coast and 
to Fisher's Island, NY, last year. This winter 
they'll spend three months in Key Biscayne. 
FL. 

Meanwhile, in the other corner of the U.S., 
Tuck Mattern Harvey and husband were plan- 
ning to spend a month touring Alaska in 
their motor home. She was hoping they'd still 
be speaking after the trip. 

Pemmie Mercur Cleveland and John are 
still in Quito, Ecuador, although have man- 
aged trips to Italy and the U.S. John plans 
to take a leave of absence from the Foreign 
Service to get his M.B.A. They've bought a 
house in Bethlehem, PA, and are thinking 
seriously of settling down there. 

Nancy Newell Lennon reports that Rich 
has been elected to the American Eye Study 
Club. She has worked with him on laser re- 
search and accompanied him to present a 
paper in Mauna Kea, Hawaii. 

Dottie Norris Schipper is ecstatic over 
their new house cum darkroom. Her photo- 
graphy business is booming — everything 
from portraits to weddings, and now aerials, 
with Dottie as pilot! 

Lynda Overly Levengood and her archi- 
tect husband are renovating a Victorian 
town house in the historic preservation dis- 
trict of Lancaster. She's involved with the 
Books City Historical Society as a member of 
the council and as a docent. 

Mary Peeples de Vries and Cory have 
bought a 15th floor condominium in Ft. 
Lauderdale. Mary is decorating yachts, but 
hopes to retire to paint. 

Rosamond Sample Brown is heading south 
to Barksdale Air Force Base in Shrevesport, 
LA, only 90 miles from her parents. Rosa- 
mond's been busy with substituting, military 
obligations, and her family. 

Leezee Scott Porter not only runs two busi- 
nesses in Georgetown, but is a director of the 
1st nationally chartered women's bank, the 
Women's National Bank (of Washington). 

Sue Shierling Riegel married in October, 
moved to Del Mar, and gave up teaching. 
She has started work for Northrop as a sys- 
tems analyst. Tanya is 16. Sue's husband 
Frank is a commercial loan officer for a large 
S. & L. in town. 

Lynne Smith Crow is busy with car pooling 
to nursery school (Margaret, 4'/2>, Indian 
Guides (Sandy, 7), and Cub Scouts (David, 8). 
To get away from it all, Lynne accompanies 
Bill to conventions, this year in Houston. 
Biloxi, and New Orleans. 



Kathleen Stevenson Turner and Bill took 
a sabbatical to London for a year where he 
did pediatric urology at the Hospital for Sick 
Children. While in London, Kathleen spent 
some time with Nancy Lynah Stebbing, and 
with Miss Em Whaley Balentine whose hus- 
band was on sabbatical in Paris. 

Penny Writer Theis wanted an ad in the 
Alumnae Magazine: "Wanted: Penny's room- 
mates for reunion!" I know a lot of us echoed 
her feelings! 

Thank you all for your notes the past three 
years. I hope more will write. Please don't be 
intimidated, you silent Sweets, by the suc- 
cessful stories of your classmates. As Hedi 
so aptly put it, "I've had a damned good 
year, totally ho hum for the class notes but 
maybe worthy of headlines for all of us!" 



1968 



Secretary 

Frances Kirven Morse (Mrs. John A.), 57 Elm- 
hurst Rd., Newton, MA 02158 
Fund Agent 

Pembroke Herbert Kyle (Mrs. William). 26 
Canterbury Hill, Topsfield, MA 01983 

Births 

Margaret Lily to Barbara Baur and Charlie 

Dunlop, Aug. 1977. 

Edward Morgan and William Earl to Dianne 

Hunt and Clarence Williams, Dec. 8, 1977. 

Elizabeth Kathryn to Charlotte Hummel and 

Howard Schwartzman, Mar. 5, 1978. 

Patrick John to Jennie Lyons and John 

Fogarty, Apr. 23, 1978. 

Anne McKenzie to Jeanne Forsyth and Ben 

Powell. July 17, 1978. 

Edward Hunter to Carter Hunter and Ed 

Hopkins, Sept. 15,1978. 

Katerina Vanessa to July Harbottle and Leo 

Maselli.Nov. 26, 1978. 

Colin Christopher to Amy Thompson and 

Peter McCandless, Dec. 18, 1978. 

Once again greetings from the frozen North! 
It's nasty cold here as I write this, but I 
cherish the warm memories of our fantastic 
10th Class Reunion last May! The pleasant 
thoughts of our 36 classmates, 24 husbands, 
and 4 children basking in the glorious sun- 
shine of a spring weekend in Virginia keep 
me motivated while I shovel snow! 

Adaline Allen Shinkle, when not chasing 
toddler Whitney, is employed as a supervisor 
of the education department of a private 
child guidance clinic, and last May coordi- 
nated an exciting state conference on par- 
enting. Ann Banks Herrod, husband Hank, 
and two kids, Coleman and Ashley, are busy 
settling into their new home in Memphis. 
Hank is working for the U. of Tenn. Medical 
School. 

Barbara Baur Dunlop brought her third 
daughter into the world in spite of breaking 
her right elbow the day before Lily was born! 
She and crew have moved into a great new 
house. Brenda Darden Kineaid is currently 
on leave-of-absence from her high school 
teaching job and is managing her husband 
and four children — 8, 6, 2'/i, and baby! 

Frances de Saussure Meade wrote to ask 
for the address of Betsy Wolfe, but she is 
"lost" in Alumnae Office records. 

Jeanne Forsyth Powell, husband Ben, and 



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three kids have just moved from Utah to 
Mobile, AL. Ben is in a group medical prac- 
tice there, covering several hospitals. They 
miss the mountains in Utah but are enjoying 
being close to both their families. Jeanne was 
the star disco dancer at our reunion, even 
though TA months pregnant! 

Pembroke Herbert Kyle, Bill, and toddler 
David are still in Topsfield, MA. Pembroke, 
when not writing fund-raising letters, is in 
the process of trying to expand her one-man 
photo research business into a four-man (per- 
son!) operation. I saw Pembroke's old room- 
mate Sally Lawrence Watkins with husband 
Bob in Topsfield last spring for David's 
christening. Sally and Bob are still in Wash- 
ington. DC. They took a lovely trip to France 
last spring. Sally is taking architectural 
courses at Georgetown U., and she and Bob 
were planning to meet Pembroke and Bill in 
Florida this winter for a super vacation! 

Nancy Hiekox Wright, husband Gil, and 
Pres (almost 3) are still enjoying country life 
in Sudbury, MA, where Nancy has just re- 
covered from a Christmas bout with pneu- 
monia and is now in the process of negotiating 
to buy a used piano. 

Rickey Hendricks Whitelaw. husband 
Keith, and Adrienne (TA) and Abigail (4'/i) 
are enjoying Denver and the great recreational 
opportunities there. She's taking ballet lessons 
and doing a lot of work with the Denver SBC 
Alumnae Club. (She says they are very gung- 
ho there!) She sees Janalee Bourne McDonald 
and her two young daughters and Lizzie 
Miller Green and her young son. Rickey and 
Keith celebrated their 10th anniversary last 
June with a trip to San Francisco, where they 
saw a lot of Judy Harbottle Maselli and Leo. 
Judy is throughly enchanted with her new 
role as mother. Infant Kate has a thick mop 
of shocking black hair! Judy has a new job, 
starting in February. She'll be working with 
a small private company that sells computer 
services to hospital dialysis units. She'll be 
managing the hospital and monitoring their 
research data. She has found a wonderful 
lady, who lives five minutes from the office, 
to take care of Kate, thus helping to ease the 
pangs of leaving a new baby. 

Mary Gress has been negotiating the snow 
in Burlington, VT, for the past two years, 
teaching at the U. of Vermont. She had 350 
students last semester! She has also been do- 
ing research in nearby Brookhaven. Laurie 
Ives is teaching full-time in a Montessori 
School in Houston, TX. 

Carter Hunter Hopkins is back on the job 
in the Career Planning Office at SBC after a 
short leave to give birth to a son! She reports 
that motherhood is terrific. 

Jennie Lyons Fogarty is busy with her new 
son Patrick and seems to be running every 
Girl Scout troop and PTA group that her two 
daughters are involved in. Tonia McNeil 
writes that she is "living, moving forward, 
and fairly happy." She has just completed an 
M.A. in art and is on the staff of the Art 
Dept. at San Jose State U. as a technician and 
resident artist. 

Anne Kinsey Dinan is still in New York 
City with Terry and her two beautiful daugh- 
ters. The girls are doing a lot of modeling 
and now are getting into TV commercials. 
Anne says look for daughter Kinsey in the 
Hallmark ornament commercial. 

Pamela McConnell Post, living in Wayland, 
MA, spends most of her time mothering 
S'/i-year-old daughter Whitney and 2'/j-year- 



old son Tyler, but she finds time to play lots 
of tennis and is finishing up a second grad- 
uate degree in special education. 

Coo Preltyman Smith is in Summerville, 
SC, married to an attorney. She has just 
written a book entitled Interiors Summerville 
and recently decorated the sitting room in 
the "Symphony Designer House" in Charles- 
ton. She's had her own business since 1974. 

Camilla Reid has moved to Palos Verdes. 
CA, where she has relocated the headquarters 
of the brokerage firm of which she is now 
president. 

Emmy Savage Borthwick and husband 
Mark are in Ames, IA, where anthropologist 
Mark teaches at Iowa State U. She and Mark 
lived for a year('75-'76) on an atoll in Mic- 
ronesia while Mark worked on his Ph.D. 
Emmy completed her M.F.A. in painting at 
the U. of Iowa in 1977. She is now a drawing 
instructor at I.S.U. and also teaches drawing 
and painting to children at the Des Moines 
Art Center. 

Patty Skarda continues to amaze us with 
her achievements. She just returned to Smith 
College from a year's sabbatical in England, 
where she worked on her book about Gerald 
Manley Hopkins. She had a great reunion 
with Adrienne Hall Shepherd, who lives in 
Taunton, Somerset, with husband Philip and 
active son Neil (2). Philip teaches math at a 
boy's school. Pat (as she signs herself now) 
also had a reunion in Oxford with Ralph and 
Ann Aiken and their sons (10 and 11). The 
Aikens were there on sabbatical. Pat has re- 
cently been awarded an American Council on 
Education fellowship in Academic Admini- 
stration for 1979. She will be spending her 
time at various Midwestern Colleges and is 
gearing up to fight those awful cold winters 
there. She hopes this fellowship will help her 
with the course of her career. 

Suzanne Torgan Weston is working as a 
systems consultant in Denver and is enjoying 
this job. which has enabled her to meet lots 
of interesting people and to learn new com- 
puter applications. Her husband Stephen is 
now manager of geological operations for 
MinComp Corporation and involved with 
computer applications to geology. 

Lynn Warren Pope is moving to a new 
house in Macon, GA, where husband Terry 
is setting up a medical practice. 

Tay Wood Cooper graduated with "high- 
est distinction" from U. of North Florida with 
a B.A. in fine arts. 

John, Sarah and I are still in our Victorian 
"mansion" in Newton, MA, where we've re- 
cently acquired an adorable kitten, "Tris- 
cuit," and just finished remodeling one of our 
100-year-old bathrooms. (How delightful!) 
Sarah is loving first grade in the Newton 
Public School System. I've recently changed 
jobs. I'm now working part time (25 hours a 
week) in the data processing department of a 
small insurance company. It's too early to 
tell about this job yet, but my company is 
located in the heart of wonderful downtown 
Boston, and I'm thoroughly enjoying being 
in the city again. 

Please keep your Alumnae Fund envelopes 
coming in — filled with checks (which make 
Pembroke happy!) and news on the flaps 
(which makes me happy!) And please don't 
think your news has to be glamorous or ex- 
citing! (There are a lot of us "plain and 
routine" alumnae out there!) And to all who 



reunioned in May. keep on dancing! See you 
in 1983! 



1972 



Secretary 

Nathalie (Bobo) Ryan Hovt (Mrs. Mont P.), 
2523 Stanmore Dr., Houston, TX 77019 
Fund Agent 

Marion Walker, 3350 Altamont Rd., Apt. 
B-4, Birmingham, AL 35205 

Engagements 

Louise Martin to Bill Creason 

Marriages 

Deborah Wilson to Michael Hollings. 1975. 

Charla Leonard to Tom Reynolds, June, 1977. 

Ellen Apperson to David C. Brown ("Kirk"), 

March 4, 1978. 

Linda Odum to John F. Lanahan, Jr., May 

13. 1978. 

Mary Phillips to Peter L. Donohoe, May 13, 

1978. 

Libby Wann to Frank Duff. May 20, 1978. 

Martha Holland to Chris Irbe, June 3. 1978. 

Carol Smith to Thomas J. Mullin, June 3. 

1978. 

Dottie Courington to William H. McGinley, 

Jan., 1979. 

Charlotte Daniels to Gene P. Lewis, M.D. 

Karen Medford to John Distelhorst. M.D. 

Births 

Caitlin Turner Durham to Rhonda Griffith 

Durham and Lynn, Feb. 26, 1978. 

Richard Lee Wynne to Susan Snodgrass 

Wynne and John, March 24, 1978. 

Heather Lauren Brown to Sharon While 

Brown and Marty. March, 1978. 

Helen Weslay Van Clief to Trish Neale Van 

Clief and D. G., April 20, 1978. 

Margaret McMillan Hardesty to Jeanie Mann 

Hardesty and Ben. May 13, 1978. 

Mary Austin Long Fuller to Betty Works 

Fuller and Frank. May 14. 1978. 

Katherine Ellen Outon to Peggy Morrison 

Outon and Paul. June 13, 1978. 

Everett George Stook, III to Bonnie Moe 

Stook and George, July 2, 1978. 

Elizabeth Randolph Gay to May May Bryan 

Gay and Garland, July 7, 1978. 

Daniel Pearson to Elizabeth Kestner Pearson 

and Rick, July 9, 1978. 

Kean Ivey Marks to Ella Ivey Marks and 

David. July 30, 1978. 

Kristen Elizabeth Boney to Marty Neill Bonev 

and Bill. July 31. 1978. 

Anne Brooke Grumbine to Caroline Mauck 

Grumbine and Francis. Dec. 9. 1978. 

Kathleen Ryan Hovt to Bobo Ryan Hoyt and 

Mont. Dec. 22, 1978. 

Meghan Montgomery McAfee to Joan Keogh 

McAfee and Chuck. Dec. 27, 1978. 

David Wayne Miller to Ellen Moore Miller 

and Rod. Jan. 5. 1979. 

Adopted 

Jennifer Elizabeth McGinnis at 2'A months 
by Charlotte Brohard McGinnis and David. 
Nov. 8. 1978. 

What fun it has been receiving all your 
postcards! The mail box has never been so 
filled, nor the mail as interesting as it has 
been this last week. 

From the New England area, Pam Drake 
McCormick writes that she and Gardner re- 



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cently moved to Concord, Mass. Gardner is 
working with a multi-association management 
firm, and Pam is busy as an administrative 
assistant for a professor at M.I.T. The Alum- 
nae Office reports that Nancy Jenkins is 
close by. Last year, she received a Ph.D. from 
the U. of Indiana, and now has a "super job" 
in Boston. 

Joan Keogh McAfee is back in Connecticut 
after attending graduate school at the U. of 
Colorado and acting for the Colorado Shake- 
speare Company. She and Chuck recently 
celebrated their eighth anniversary in the 
hospital when their second daughter, Meghan, 
was born in December. 

Sharon White Brown writes from Rutland. 
VT. She and husband Marty have bought a 
50-year-old house and are busy remodeling. 
They also have a ten-month-old daughter who 
keeps Sharon pretty active. 

In New York City, Georgie Vairo is finish- 
ing up her last year of law school at Fordham 
U. She is ranked first in her class, is on law 
review, and has published a paper on "The 
Unionization of Law Firms." Georgie was the 
first woman to play in the National Law 
School Basketball Tournament, which Ford- 
ham then went on to win. She also was on 
Fordham Law School's National Moot Court 
Team. They won the Regional round and went 
on to participate in the Finals. After grad- 
uation, Georgie will be clerking for a federal 
district court judge. 

Carol Smith Long and husband Tom are 
both 1976 graduates of Albany Law School. 
After practicing law for two years, both Carol 
and Tom decided to return to law school at 
New York U. for a L.LM. in Taxation. They 
are currently living in Old Westbury, NY. 

From Washington, DC, Martha Holland 
Irbe reports that there was quite an SBC 
turnout for her wedding to Chris Irbe last 
June. Michela English '71 was maid of honor, 
and Jean Chaloux and Ann Smith '74 were 
bridesmaids. '72-ers who attended included 
Louise Martin. Marcia Whittenbrook, Bar- 
bara Tessin Jones, Gail Garner Resch, Pam 
Drake McCormick, Briggett Keith and Char- 
lene Sturbitts. In June '79, after completing 
her second year of law school at Georgetown 
University, Martha will be moving to Detroit 
to join husband Chris who is working there 
now, and commuting to D.C. on weekends. 

Charlene Sturbitts' big news of the year is 
that after three and a half years of night 
school, she has received her law degree! Char- 
lene will be staying with the Senate Environ- 
ment Committee, but in the meantime is 
studying madly for the D.C. Bar Exam. 

Also in Washington, DC, is Dale Shelly. 
Last September she finished her job as a 
Research Staff Director for the National Coal 
Policy Project with the publication of their 
1000 page report. Since then she has been 
general contractor for a major renovation 
project — her home. She and her husband 
James Graham have an old downtown D.C. 
cooperative apartment, and Dale hopes the 
renovating will be over by spring so that she 
may get back to the business world. James 
works for the Business Roundtable as a lob- 
byist and energy policy analyst. They both are 
enjoying the international side of Washington 
through Dale's Junior League Placement. 
They act as a host family for the State Depart- 
ment, and this responsibility. Dale says, 
usually involves providing a "real American 
dinner" for foreigners who are guests of the 
U.S. Government. 



Kitty Adams has gone into business for 
herself and has formed her own company. 
She is a Governmental Relations consultant, 
focusing on environmental and economic 
issues. Kitty operates out of Arlington, VA, 
and while owning her own business is per- 
sonally satisfying, it is also a never-ending 
job. There is no such thing as "office hours" 
for Kitty these days, and weekends are now a 
thing of the past. 

Also in the Washington area is Mary 
Phillips Donahoe. She is currently working 
for Time-Life Books, and husband, Peter, is 
property manager for Donahoe-Drury Real- 
tors in Alexandria, VA. 

Last spring Jennifer Linsley Alphin and 
Tom bought their first house in Baltimore, 
MD, and have been busy ever since fixing it 
up. Jennifer still teaches math at Severn 
School, and Tom recently joined a small law 
firm. Margaret Lyle Jones is also in Baltimore, 
and she writes that she is expecting her sec- 
ond child in April. 

Ginger Upchurch Collier writes that she 
and Tom have one and a half more years at 
Johns Hopkins before they are through with 
their training. In the meantime, they have 
been to North Carolina quite a bit to play 
golf with Margaret Hayes Brunstad and her 
husband Jim. 

Karen Medford Distelhorst and John have 
just returned from a two-week sailing vaca- 
tion in the Grenadines. John is a big sailor, 
and while Karen is slowly learning the nauti- 
cal terms, she is quickly buying Top-Siders 
and the latest Cris-Craft sportswear. John has 
a medical practice in Annapolis, and Karen is 
busy working on her M.B.A. and decorating 
their old Victorian house located in the his- 
toric district of the city. 

Kathy Pauley Hickok writes that she and 
Gene are still enjoying Charlottesville. Last 
May Gene received his Masters in Govern- 
ment and Public Administration from the 
U. of Virginia, and this spring he will finish 
his Ph.D. Then he will be looking for a job as 
a university professor. Kathy has left her job 
in the U. Va. Medical School to work with a 
research professor in the School of Engineer- 
ing who is developing an Energy Policy Stud- 
ies Center at U. Va. 

Ginny Stevens Purcell has been named as- 
sistant editor of Lexington, VA.'s News- 
Gazette, where she has been working since 
her husband, Riker entered Washington and 
Lee Law School. 

Jennifer Castle Gerrish and husband David 
have a house near the Rappahannock River 
in Fauquier County, VA. Last summer Jen- 
nifer quit her full-time job with the County 
Water and Sanitation Authority, and since 
then she has been playing lots of tennis, be- 
come choir director for her church, and 
worked part-time at the library in Warrenton. 
Her job at the library, Jennifer says, is to 
create newspaper and radio publicity for 
library activities. 

Briggett Keith is teaching fourth and fifth 
grade math and science in Ashland, VA. She 
writes that Jeannette Pillsbury was in Nic- 
aragua until July and then moved in with 
Briggett upon her return to the States. 

Charla Leonard Reynolds' husband Tom is 
a resident at Riverside Hospital in Newport 
News. VA, and Charla enjoys her job as a 
language specialist in a preschool for children 
with developmental delays. Both she and Tom 
are glad to be living in the Tidewater area. 

Ella Ivey Marks writes that her husband 



David sells real estate in Lynchburg. Ella is 
the mother of two boys; Neil is three years 
old, and Kean was born this summer, just 
one week later than May May Bryan Gay's 
little girl. Elizabeth. 

Also living in Lynchburg, VA, is Ellen 
Apperson Brown. Her husband. Kirk, teaches 
at Virginia Episcopal School, and Ellen has 
a job in the Alumni-Development Office as 
the Assistant Director of Development. They 
find life at a boarding school demanding but 
enjoyable. Ellen also does some tutoring in 
German and English, and both she and Kirk 
sing in the choir at St. Paul's. 

Mary Jane Harris Lerner went back to 
school and received a Masters in Special Edu- 
cation from Lynchburg College. She now is 
working at the Lynchburg Training School 
with eleven severe and profoundly handi- 
capped boys. Mary writes that she still has 
"the same five grandchildren, but they are 
older and consume all the spare time they 
think I have . . . that's what keeps me young!" 

Janet Nelson Gibson says all is well in 
Fredericksburg, VA. Jonathan is with a 
C.P.A. firm, and Janet is an Opthalmology 
Assistant. They see a lot of Ginnie B. Payne 
Sasser and Flip. Ginnie B. stays busy at the 
farms where she is raising horses, and she 
still sells real estate on a part-time basis. Flip 
is in his first year of law practice. Ginnie 
B. writes, "No children yet, just three dogs!" 

Last June, Carter Frakelton moved back to 
Fredericksburg, VA, and is teaching fifth 
grade in Stafford County — a middle school 
about 20 miles north of Fredericksburg. 
Carter says it is an excellent school system, 
and the commute is much better than that 
she had in Orange County. She is a new mem- 
ber of the Junior Board of Historic Fredericks- 
burg Foundation. 

Barbara Tessin Jones and Ken have bought 
a house in Richmond. They moved into it 
just before Christmas, then left for Florida for 
the holidays. Now they are back and are busy 
fixing leaks, painting and unpacking boxes. 
They miss the country life, but love the con- 
venience of living in the city. Barbara is just 
a short distance from Mays, Valentine, Daven- 
port & Moore where she is enjoying her gen- 
eral trial practice. 

Ben and Jeanie Mann Hardesty are enjoy- 
ing life in Clarksburg. WV. Ben is in the coal 
business, and Jean is busy with volunteer work 
and their little daughter Margaret. 

Margaret Hayes Brunstad writes from 
Winston-Salem, NC. She and husband Jim 
had a super golf vocation on the links of 
Pebble Beach, CA. She is employed as the 
Administrative Assistant to the City Man- 
ager and thoroughly enjoys it. Jim is Man- 
ager of Salary Administration and Personnel 
Operations for Wachovia Bank and Trust. 
They consider North Carolina to be a great 
compromise between Detroit and South Ala- 
bama! 

Last summer Jane Powell Gray worked as a 
law clerk in the U.S. Attorney's Office in 
Raleigh, NC. She is presently in her last year 
of law school and hopes to land a clerking 
position with a federal judge or a judge on 
the State Court of Appeals. 

Also in North Carolina is Edna Ann 
Osmanski. "Dr. Osmanski" is Assistant Pro- 
fessor of English, Chairman of the English 
Department, and Director of the Interdis- 
ciplinary Freshman Writing Program at St. 
Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg. 
"Hard work," Edna Ann writes, "but I love 



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it!" This summer she plans to spend time 
in England and Italy completing research on 
her first book. 

From Wilmington, NC, Marty Neill Boney 
writes, "I can't believe that I ever asked some- 
one pre-Kristen what I would ever do with all 
of my spare time once the baby came along! 
I never imagined that being a mom would 
ever be a 48-hour-a-day job! But do I ever 
love every minute of it!" 

Barb Wiss is attending Duke U.. working 
on her M.B.A. Last summer she spent three 
weeks in Kenya and made short visits to 
Athens and Istanbul. In August Barb at- 
tended Muff Bugg's wedding in Richmond 
where she saw Briggett Keith and Rosinne 
Kaliff Chelala. who has two children and is 
living in Saudi Arabia with her family. 

Deborah Wilson Hollings is married to 
Michael Hollings, the son of Senator Ernest 
F. Hollings from South Carolina. She and 
Michael live in Camden and, needless to 
say. are very active in Democrat politics in 
South Carolina. Michael works for C&S Na- 
tional Bank, and Deborah has been working 
with real estate, concentrating on the old 
town, with the older renovated homes and the 
country horse farms. They own a golden re- 
triever. Belle, which Deborah has been train- 
ing and running in field trials in the State. 

Linda Odum Lanahan writes from Orange 
Park. FL. Her wedding last May was filled 
with lots of SBC people. Sally Blalock 
Seidel and Cinda Lawrence Pierce were in 
the wedding; Jeanie Mann Hardesty would 
have been, but she was expecting. So instead, 
Linda wore Jeanie's wedding dress, and, sur- 
prise of surprise, Jeanie had her baby girl on 
Linda's wedding day — that very morning! 
John and Linda built a contemporary house 
in Orange Park. John is in the insurance busi- 
ness, and Linda is "retired" and having a 
marvelous time choosing her activities. 

Betsy Smith is in Jacksonville. FL. and 
is in her second year of a four-year residency 
program in Radiation Therapy at the U. of 
Florida. If her plans work out. she will be 
returning to Virginia to practice. 

Eric and Abby Flynn Berg have recently 
moved into their house in St. Petersburg, FL. 
They are enjoying the sunny South, and Abby 
is busy as a realtor for Century 21. Eric is a 
respiratory therapist. He and Abby met each 
other during Abby's Junior Year Abroad in 
Scotland. 

Beverly Home Dommerich lives in Ft. 
Myers. FL. with her husband John. They love 
the sun, and Bev says she now has a year- 
round tan. John works for the State Attorney's 
office, and Bev is an installment loan officer 
at Barnett Bank. They try to see Sade Dabbs 
Fryer every year on their way through At- 
lanta. Bev reports that Sade and Bill had 
their first baby in January. 

From Birmingham, AL, the news is out 
that Marion Walker won a big golf tourna- 
ment, and got her picture in the paper! When 
not on the links, Marion practices law. Also 
in Birmingham, is Susan Waller Nading. 
Alex, her husband, plans to enter the Urology 
Residency program at the U. of Alabama at 
Birmingham in July. Their daughter Murray 
is a year and a half and a real delight for 
Susan. She and Alex were planning a trip to 
Mexico this spring. 

Elise Webb Neeland is in Mobile, AL. Her 
husband David is finishing his residency in 
Radiology, and Elise is working as a psycho- 
metrist, doing individual intelligence testing 



for special education placement. They are ex- 
pecting their first baby in August. 

Dottie Courington McGinley is in her sec- 
ond year of law practice in Savannah, GA. 
Last June she bought a restored townhouse 
in the historic downtown district. In January 
she married Billy McGinley who is an inde- 
pendent insurance broker. 

Libby Wann Duff reports from Chatta- 
nooga, TN, that Marcia Whittenbrook. Kathy 
Bradt Blake, Louise Martin and Kathy 
Walsh Drake came from Washington, DC; 
Maui. HI; and Falmouth. ME, to be in her 
May wedding and to join in the festivities. 
Libby writes for The Chattanooga Times con- 
centrating on energy and environmental con- 
cerns. 

Connie Brewer is in Memphis, working as a 
realtor for Kemmons Wilson Realtors. 

From New Orleans Patty Readon writes 
that she received her M.B.A. and M.P.H. 
from Tulane University in 1975 and is now 
working as Assistant Administrator for the 
Tulane Medical Center Hospital and Clinic. 

Trish Neale Van Clief has two children. 
Danny is 2'/j years old, and Helen is 9 months. 
Her husband D.G. deals with thoroughbred 
horse sales as Assistant Manager of Fasig- 
Tipton of Kentucky. They live in Lexington, 
and Trish says that they plan to make Ken- 
tucky their home for at least three more years. 

Betsy Buchanan Fishback is also in Ken- 
tucky. She and husband Dave have a 2-year- 
old daughter, Leslie. Dave is a veternarian 
working just with horses and practices in 
Georgetown, KY. Betsy still has her horse, 
who is also a mother, and needless to say, 
Betsy is kept busy running between horses 
and foals and little Leslie. 

Nancy Hagar Bruetsch writes that she and 
husband Bob are reconstructing a three-story 
townhouse in an urban redevelopment pro- 
ject in York, PA, and hoped to move into it 
this spring. Bob and Nancy are doing the 
interior painting with help from their daugh- 
ters. Kim, 3, and Kelly, 2. Bob is News Direc- 
tor at WSBA-TV in York, and Nancy is 
"raising two girls, packing, painting, re- 
finishing furniture and squeezing in some 
needlecraft and sewing." 

Gail Garner Resch and husband Michael 
are back in Cleveland, OH. They bought their 
first house and are having fun fixing it up. 
Gail started working at a private girls school 
and loves working with the students and all 
the activitiy surrounding a school. She and 
Michael are planning a trip to Vieques, an 
island in the Caribbean, this Spring. 

Emily McNally Brown writes that 1978 was 
a big year for the Brown family. Jim, her 
husband, finished school and was hired by 
Ford Motor Company. They also bought 
their first house, a traditional three-bed- 
room cape cod with a huge unfinished up- 
stairs. They live in Ypsilanti. MI, and Emily 
teaches while Peter, their son, is going to 
nursery school. 

Sharon Uhler spent four years in Great 
Britain at St. Andrews U. doing graduate 
work. She graduated in 1977 with a B.Phil., 
and since then has become the archivist for 
the U. of Missouri in Kansas City. It is a full- 
time job, but in addition to that, Sharon is 
a part-time lecturer, teaching two courses in 
history. 

Joan Langenberg is now at Neiman-Marcus 
Travel Service in St. Louis and is thoroughly 
enjoying being a travel agent. She's also en- 
joying her Neiman's discount ! 



Cleveland Hall writes from Langley, WA. 
She is living with a man named Lafe on five 
wooded acres on Whidbey Island, northwest 
of Seattle in Puget Sound. They are building 
themselves a log house by hand! Until it is 
completed, they are living in an old trailer 
which they fixed up — wood heat and running 
water, but no electricity, and. of course, an 
outhouse! Cleveland says that she is having 
the time of her life — learning woodcutting 
and playing in the woods. However, she does 
hope the log house will be finished enough 
by next winter to move into it — "one year of 
the trailer is enough!" 

Susan Snodgrass Wynne is now living near 
San Jose. CA. Dubby, her husband, is man- 
ager of the ABC TV station in San Jose. 
Their two boys, John, 3. and Lee, 1 , are having 
a great time. They live in the valley and can 
see the mountains from their windows. They 
are also close to the Paul Masson winery. 
California will be their home for only two 
to three years; then they plan to return to 
Virginia Beach. Susan hoped to see Kathy 
Upchurch in Dallas and Rhonda Griffith 
Durham in Midland. TX. in March. 

Margaret Craw is also in California. She is 
on a Division Manager Staff for the telephone 
company in San Fernando. This summer 
Margaret plans to spend a month with friends 
in Athens, Greece. 

Cecilia Albert is now a homeowner. She is 
still a Captain in the Air Force at Sunnyvale 
A.F.S. and plans to be there for at least one 
more year. 

FJIen Moore Miller lives in Dubai with her 
husband Rod and their three children; Eliza- 
beth Ellen, 4, Mary Virginia, 2Vi, and David 
Wayne, born in January. Rod is the Middle 
East Equipment Control Manager for Sea- 
land Service. Ellen says life in Dubai is quite 
pleasant and not much different from that 
in the States. "Traveling around the world, 
however, with small children is a lesson in 
fortitude." 

Marilyn Prichard lives in Madrid and has 
been there for three years. She teaches English 
and is studying medicine at the U. of Madrid. 

Rhonda Griffith Durham writes from 
Midland, TX. Her husband, Lynn, is doing 
securities law with Cotton. Bledsoe. Tighe. 
Morrow and Dawson. Rhonda is the mother 
of two — Trevor, 5. and Caitlin. 1. Rhonda 
has never gotten the Senior Show out of her 
blood, because "for fun" she has landed a 
singing and dancing part in Midland Com- 
munity Theatre's production of The Music 
Man' 

From Austin. TX, Peggy Morrison Outon 
writes that she is into Spiderman and dino- 
saurs with her 4-year-old Ross and his one- 
year-old sister, Katie. When not child-rearing. 
Peggy is a docent at Laguna Gloria Art 
Museum. 

Also in Austin is Patricia Brown. She is 
almost through with graduate school and has 
had fun traveling around the country inter- 
viewing for jobs. 

Near Austin is Betty Works Fuller. She is 
busy with her one year old. Mary Austin 
Long Fuller, and she also writes church school 
curriculum for very small churches. Her hus- 
band Frank is the Episcopal minister for the 
church in LaGrange, TX. 

From Dallas, TX. Kathy Upchurch wTites 
that she is soon to finish her residency in 
Internal Medicine and will move to Boston in 
June for a rheumatology fellowship at Massa- 
chusetts General. In May Kathy plans to join 



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Ginger and Tom for a "whirlwind trip" to 
Austria. 

Sally Blalock Seidel and her husband 
Charles are also in Dallas. Charles is a stock 
broker for Rotan-Mosle. and Sally is working 
as a travel consultant. 

Sarah Von Rosenberg Mattox and her hus- 
band Bob are living in Houston. TX. Sarah 
keeps busy with her 3-year-old Charlie and 
is expecting another in early July. Bob is a 
personnel consultant for Arthur Young and 
Associates. 

At the time of this writing, I am burping a 
colicky baby on my lap and listening to my two 
year old tear his room apart while he is sup- 
posedly "napping." Mont, my husband, is an 
international lawyer with Baker & Botts law 
firm and has recently been traveling a lot to 
Jakarta, Indonesia. I have been busy reading 
Spock and Gesell and dreaming about a 
promised trip to England and Switzerland 
this fall. Your cards and letters were greatly 
appreciated, and to those of you whose cards 
missed this writing. I will certainly save your 
news for next year's publication. My best to 
vou all. 



1976 



Secretary 

Melanie Coyne Cody (Mrs. Robert C). 2618 

Reese, Evanston. IL 60201 

Fund Agent 

Robin Rodger, 8900 E. Jefferson. Apt. 1522. 

Detroit. MI 48214 

Marriages 

Carrington Brown Wise to Henry A. 

Debbie Massie Harris to John 

Kelsey Canady Bennett to Tony 

Liz Farmer Jarvis to Andrew 

Teesie Coste/lo Howell to Chris 

Lori Neasham Khalili to Hussein 

Patricia A. Weiler Thiess to Kenneth 

Chris Carr Dykstra to Michael 

Kay Ellisor Hopkins to Joe 

Andie Yellott Clinnin to David 

Jill Wen torf Wright to Robert 

Frederika Catanzaro Nicholl to Dr. Thomas 

Laura Lee Bost to James B. 

Elizabeth A. Clarke McReynolds to Angus 

Engagements 

Susan Verbridge to Larry Paulson 

Peyton White to Thomas Dunlap Lumpkin III 

Asimina Coroneos to Frank A. Colucci 

Rowena Van Tuyl to Gary Boris 

Barb Foley Nyholm to Donald Ashley 

Kathy Slatinshek to John Young 

Maureen O'Hearn to Hill Slowinski 

Holly Weaver to Ramon Quisumbing 

Cynthia Wattley to Greg Washburn 

Jean Dailey to Norman Kristoff 

Births 

Katie Cassidy to Tricia Cassidy Higgins and 

Timothy. 

Amir Shah to Lori Neasham Khalil and 

Hussein 

Thomas Jr. to Jane de Butts Kates and 

Thomas 

Sally Adams to Catherine Adams Thompson 

and Michael 

Lisa Louise to Donna Daniels Rubin and 

Byron 



Your response this year was really super; 
with lots to report, I'll start right in. Sharon 
Coe has just returned from teaching high 
school English in Scotland. After a brief stint 
at Bloomingdale's. Sharon's now working at 
Nadler and Larimer Advertising in NYC. 
Sharon reports that she had a great reunion 
with Allyson Wilmer and Sue Walton. Hilda 
Dent is busy completing her M.B.A. at 
Auburn U. and redoing an old (1886) house 
she bought. The house sounds terrific — 12' 
ceilings, cottage vernacular style, four coal- 
fireplaces and a view of the Alabama River. 
Dede Alexandre's living in Greenwich, CT, 
and still working at Mademoiselle as an Ass't. 
Fabric Editor. Alicia Ayotte writes that she's 
having a marvelous time in Atlanta working 
at Cassandra Hemming/L&M Stage-craft, 
doing lighting and production for Count 
Basie. The Four Aces, Pat Boone and others. 

Lochrane Coleman left SBC in June '78, 
was a bridesmaid in Carrington Brown's 
wedding and left for a two month spree in 
Europe shortly thereafter. Lochrane's moved 
back to Birmingham. AL. and now works as 
the Director of the Annual Fund for the Law 
and Pharmacy schools of Stamford U. Wendy 
Bursnall is living in Denver, studying ballet 
and raising funds for the United Way. Wendy 
recently entertained Nancy Church '77 who 
was in Denver interviewing prospective 
SB-ers. Libba Gorin is teaching 3rd grade 
at Louisville Collegiate and loving every 
minute of it. Libba is looking forward to being 
a bridesmaid in Susan Verbridge's June 23rd 
wedding to Larry Paulson. Susan is in her 
2nd year of Divinity School at Harvard U. 
After their wedding, Larry and Susan plan to 
spend a year in Colorado before returning 
to Harvard for one more year of grad school 
each. Ann Kiley is halfway through law school 
at William and Mary. Ann represented the 
Tidewater area at Alumnae Council in Octo- 
ber '78, where she stayed with Kit Newman 
in the Garden Cottage. Kit is living in Hous- 
ton working at Leslie and Co., a Ralph 
Lauren-Polo shop. Kit visited with Hilary 
Cushing in the Hamptons over Labor Day 
and plans to visit her brother in Madrid 
soon. 

Sally Crickenburger is living in Alexandria. 
VA, with Lori Burrell '77 and working to- 
wards her real estate broker's license. Sally 
is busy remodeling a house she bought. Mary 
Lewis is working as a ward clerk in the Surgi- 
cal Intensive care unit at Danbury Hospital. 
Mary is applying to Medical School and is 
keeping her fingers crossed until she hears. 
Peyton White will graduate from law school 
at U.Va. in May and plans to marry Tom 
Lumpkin (Dartmouth '76). Peyton and Tom 
will be living in Miami. FL. Peggy Humphrey 
is living in Kansas City. MO. raising horses 
and teaching at Park College. Peggy recently 
bought 30 acres in Sedona, AZ, and hopes to 
move West and homestead in a year or two. 
Sally Mott is living with Elliot Graham in 
North Arlington, where she is working as a 
senior energy researcher for the National 
Journal and studying ornithology. Melaine 
Holland Rice and husband George have just 
finished building a house on the bay at Sand- 
bridge, VA. Besides "contracting" Melanie's 
been busy selling real estate. 

Debbie Massie was married to John Harris 
in the Sweet Briar Chapel on June 17th. 
Debbie and John are stationed at Camp 
Lejeune, NC, where they are both lieutenants, 
Debbie serving as public affairs officer in 



charge of radio and television. Terese 
Degrandi is in her 3rd year of medical school 
at Georgetown U. After finishing her clinical 
work Terese plans to go into pediatrics. Robin 
Rodger completed her M.B.A. at the U. of 
Michigan in April '78 and is now working 
for General Motors as a forecaster in the 
economics and sales department. Kelsey 
Canady Bennett and husband Tony live in 
Arlington, VA, where Kelsey works for Sena- 
tor Metzenbaum of Ohio. Kelsey and Tony 
had a great wedding, attended by Elizabeth 
Conway '79. Tennessee Nielsen, Wendy 
Schnering Fisher, and Kathy Wichard Poston. 
The Bennetts have been busy camping and 
antiquing in the SBC area. Liz Farmer was 
married to Andrew Jarvis June 24, 1978. Liz 
is working at the Museum of Modern Art and 
enjoying life in Manhattan. SBC-ers in Liz's 
wedding were Holly Weaver. Jill Wentorf 
Wright, Sherry Buttrick, Nonie Mickley and 
Megan Morgan. Tricia Cassidy Higgins had a 
beautiful baby girl named Katie Cassidy on 
June 8. 1978. After a brief stint doing grad 
work in criminal justice, Tricia has returned 
to her old love, coaching basketball. Tricia 
and her husband Tim visited Kari Anderson 
Shipley and her husband John at their home 
in Del Ray. FL. Tricia also saw Kathy Slatin- 
shek. Wendy Wise. Tracey Markey and Kate 
Kelly at Felice Ludington's apartment-warm- 
ing in Manhattan. 

Tennessee Nielsen is enjoying her 2nd year 
of law school at S.M.U. in Dallas. Lynn 
Kahler is the registrar's assistant at the 
Cochran Gallery of Art in D.C. and currently 
working on her master's in Art History at 
George Washington U. Sue Walton just 
finished a paralegal course at Adelphi U.. 
specializing in corporations. Sue hopes to 
work in NYC. Emy de Quesada is an admis- 
sions counselor for Florida International U. 
and is busy traveling and recruiting students. 
This past summer Emy spent a month with 
her brother in Honduras traveling around 
by jeep. Marion Dolan is having a super time 
in Austria researching Brahms at the U. of 
Vienna for her M.A. at Boston U. Marion 
has racked up the miles touring Germany. 
Belgium, France and Italy. Teesie Costello 
married Chris Howell in June of 1977. Teesie 
is working as a mortgage loan officer at In- 
vestors Savings and Loan while pursuing her 
M.B.A. at night at Va. Commonwealth U. 

Trisha Talbot writes that for the past 2Vi 
years she's been working for the Nat'l. Con- 
sumer Finance Assoc, as a mortgage co- 
ordinator. Soon her work will take her travel- 
ing to Denver. Phoenix and Hawaii. Trish 
reports that Lori Neasham Khalili and 
Hussein are living in Tehran, Iran, with their 
baby boy Amir Shah. Amy Troxell Stein 
finds "life anything but dull." After hanging 
up her golf clubs in September, Amy became 
a full-time contestant in the paper chase at 
Seton School of Law in New Jersey. Amy is on 
various country club committees and works 
part-time at a law firm during vacations. 
Debbie Mutch Adelson's working for Exxon 
in NYC and living in Stanhope. NJ. with hus- 
band M. B. in their new house. 

Robin Imschweiler is working at the SBC 
riding center, competing with horse Ork at 
as many horse trials as possible. Keedie 
Grones is living in Amherst, VA, working as 
an executive secretary for Riding Education 
and Management Consultants, Inc. Larkin 
Barrett Overstreet performed with the Dance 
Company "Collage" in San Francisco and is 



32 



now temporarily working as a special events 
coordinator for Miller and Rhoads in Rich- 
mond. Larkin plans to work on her M.A. in 
teaching movement to children soon. Laurie 
Fitzgerald Nowlan is teaching 9th and 10th 
grade English and coaching hockey, basket- 
ball and tennis at a private academy. Laurie 
and husband Patrick are busy fixing up their 
new house. Rowena Van Toyl writes that she 
is now a registered broker, working for First 
Manhattan Bank. Rowena plans a February 
ski trip to Colorado and a summer wedding 
to Gary G. Boris. 

After finishing her work at the SBC Ad- 
missions Office, Cynde Seiler moved home 
to Philadelphia to join the family business. 
Missy Briscoe McNatt is living in historical 
Annapolis and commuting to Baltimore to 
teach at St. Paul's Academy. Missy and Pani 
McDonnell Hindsley see each other often. 
Pam and husband Payne left Houston in 
September and moved to Baltimore, where 
they bought a charming townhouse. Pam is 
working as a systems analyst for Acme Visible 
Records and is thrilled to be back on the home 
front. Debbie Vatterott has been busy work- 
ing in St. Louis at the Mark Twain National 
Bank as a new business development officer. 
Deb has been able to squeeze in a trip to the 
Virgin Islands and plans to visit Boston, 
D.C., and Chicago this spring. Barb Foley 
Nyholm was recently elected secretary of the 
New York City SB Club. Barb's just com- 
pleted her Junior League provisional duties. 
is working for the Bank of New York and 
planning her wedding to Donald Ashley. 
Sally Old is living in Virginia Beach with 
Sarah Longstreth '77. Sally is working as 
the Ass't Manager of a branch of the Virginia 
Nat'l Bank. Kathy Slatinshek writes of her 
engagement to John Young and her new job 
in Washington with the CIA. Gail Ann Zar- 
well entertained Mary Woodford this summer 
in Detroit. Mary graduated from UVa's Busi- 
ness School and is currently living in Chicago 
and working at the Continental Bank. 

Linda-Jean Smith is living in Philadelphia 
and working as the librarian for a law firm. 
Linda-Jean keeps in touch with Kathy Creech 
and Debbie Gahagan, who're living together 
in Connecticut. Marilyn McClelland is fin- 
ishing up her internship with General Elec- 
tee's Manufacturing Management program. 
Marty is currently on assignment in the DC 
Motor and Generator Dep't in Erie, PA. 
Karina Schless is in the process of buying 
a new horse and planning a vacation to 
London. Karina is the head honcho of an 
employment agency called Quick Temps and 
is applying to business school for the fall 
of 1979. From May to September '79 she will 
be riding and training event horses in England 
with Chris Collins, a member of the British 
Olympic Equestrian Team. Chris Carr grad- 
uated from the U. of Fla. in August with a 
Masters in Microbiology. Chris married 
Michael Dykstra on Sept. 23rd and moved to 
Chapel Hill, NC, where Mike is employed by 
the University. Norma Neblett is still enjoy- 
ing her job at Consolidated Labs in Rich- 
mond. Norma took a break from work, vaca- 
tioned at Hilton Head Island and attended 
the July wedding of Robin Rourke Janeway 
'78. Mary Weston is living in Madison, WI. 
working with handicapped children. Mary 
writes that Jane DeBuits Kates had a baby 
boy. Thomas Jr., in November. 

Lisa Nelson Robertson is living in Cam- 
bridge, working at the Polaroid Corp. while 



Tim attends Gordon-Conwell Theological 
Seminary. Melaine Archer finished her nur- 
sing degree in December while managing the 
night shift of a drive-in bank. Ainslie Jones 
and Tricia Waters '77 are living in Boston 
taking full advantage of the city. Ainslie's 
busy with Junior League activities and enjoys 
the quaintness and variety of Boston. 

Cissy Humphrey is leaving her newly pur- 
chased "condo" in Dallas and heading to 
Atlanta for a three month stint in paralegal 
school. Cissy writes that Pat Dean is em- 
ployed by A & P food stores in the corporate 
offices in New Jersey. Beth Bates is living in 
Dallas working at Tracy-Locke Advertising. 
I chat with Kate Kelly frequently via the 
Wats line. Kate sounds great; she is working 
for HFD as a sales rep and Hies all over the 
country calling on advertisers. Kate is living 
with Tracy Markey in Manhattan, plays a lot 
of paddle tennis and is planning a trip to 
London in the near future. Marilyn Moran 
is living in Westchester and working in in- 
ternational advertising for Readers Digest, 
writing and designing promotional ads. 
Marilyn spent two weeks in England and Scot- 
land this fall and is planning a trip to St. 
Croix in the spring. Ann Works left SBC as 
the Ass't. to the Director of Admissions and 
moved to Rochester, NY, where she's work- 
ing at the U. of Rochester as Transfer Ad- 
missions Coordinator. Ann sees Andie Yellott 
Clinnin frequently and is in constant contact 
with Sallie Hill Bernard, who is finishing law 
school at the U. of Arkansas this year. 

Becky Burt and Megan Morgan are sharing 
a house in Arlington. VA. Becky is working 
for the American Institute of Architects as a 
writer/editor with Libby Whitley '75. Megan 
and Becky have been doing some theatre work 
with Source, directed by Bart Whiteman. 
Christy Mills is also living in the D.C. area 
and is employed by BDM Corporation in 
Tysons Corner. Dede Ryan is living in Hous- 
ton and working for a travel agency that she 
opened with a partner. I last saw Dede in 
February at Pam McDonnell Hinsley's wed- 
ding and she looked great. Candi Casey is 
the representative of the West Coast con- 
tingent. Candi is living in Beverly Hills and 
working for a law firm in the corporate and 
international division. Candi was previously 
working for the Italian Trade Commission in 
L.A. as a translator and trade consultant in 
the fashion department. 

Maureen O'Hearn writes that she is work- 
ing as a paralegal at Logan and Hartson in 
Washington and is engaged to marry Hill 
Slowinski, an attorney, in June. Hill's room- 
mates are both marrying SBC girls — Holly 
Weaver is engaged to Ramon Quisumbing 
and also works as a paralegal at Cole and 
Groner. Jill Wentorf was married to Robert 
Wright with Holly Weaver and Liz Farmer 
Jarvis as bridesmaids. Jill and Robert just 
moved into a restored carriage house in Al- 
bany. Jean Dailey is living in Williamston. 
NC, and working as the Director of a tri- 
county shelter home for juvenile delinquents. 
Jean is engaged to marry Norman Kristoff 
her long-time W & L beau. 

I moved to Evanston, IL, last summer 
where my husband and I bought a house. I've 
been working like a madwoman trying to 
juggle marketing classes at Northwestern 
V.. my job at TLK Advertising and some 
semblence of a social life. (With all of 
Chicago's snow we're frantically shoveling off 
our roof.) Bob and I are looking forward to 



a break in March, when we fly to Andros for 
some scuba-diving. We saw Janet Durham 
Ezzell and Calder over the 4th of July — we 
all spent a rainy weekend playing tons of 
bridge and consuming vast amounts of Strohs 
in northern Wisconsin. Janet and Calder are 
living in Roswell, NM, where they just bought 
a lovely Spanish colonial house. 

I've also received a lot of news from SBC- 
ers who transferred. Pam Violante is working 
as a historical researcher in the Art and 
Reference Library for the Architect of the 
U.S. Library. At night Pam pursues her Mas- 
ter's in museum science at George Washing- 
ton U. Since graduation from UNC Ann 
Carter Lee has been living in Richmond in 
the historic fan district. Ann is working as 
a training specialist for the Medical College 
of VCU. Becky Wilson is also living in Rich- 
mond with Manie Mickley. After a brief stint 
in Washington, DC, Becky moved to Rich- 
mond and became a sales rep for Industrial 
Chemicals, Inc. Meg Shields writes that she 
has moved from St. Louis to Washington and 
is working as a legal assistant in a DC. firm 
with emphasis on EEO law. Catherine Adams 
Thompson and Michael are moving back to 
Virginia after four years in Kansas. Mike will 
be working for the Fauquier Nat'l. Bank in 
Warrenton, and Catherine will be busy show- 
ing off Sally Adams, their new baby girl. 

Maggie Milnor spent last year in London 
working as an insurance broker for Lloyd's. 
Maggie returned to Memphis and was able to 
get together with Peggy Weimer, Eliot 
Graham. Mary Beth Hamlin and Sally Old 
in Richmond last summer. Cynthia Wattley 
graduated from the U. of Md. and moved to 
New Jersey, where she took a job as Editorial 
Ass't. at a publishing company. Cynthia is 
planning a March wedding to Greg Wash- 
burn with Linda-Jean Smith as a bridesmaid. 
Patricia A. Weiler Thiess is living in Mead- 
ville, PA, and working as a youth counselor at 
a private social service agency. Nancy Simonds 
graduated from the U. of Texas and is work- 
ing as a R.N. in the pediatric intensive care 
unit of Texas Children's Hospital. Nancy loves 
living in Houston; she's got a neat townhouse 
apartment near the Galleria. 

Frederika Catanzaro married Dr. Thomas 
Nicholl, a veternarian last October. They 
traveled to Rio de Janiero for their honey- 
moon and are residing temporarily in Johan- 
nesburg, S. Africa. Liz Jenks Coggin and 
Turner bought a house in the Northern Neck 
of Virginia near the Potomac and Chesapeake 
Bay. Liz keeps in contact with Ookie Hayes, 
Debbie Vatterott and Lisa Nelson Robertson. 
Laura Lee Bost is living in Charlotte, NC. 
with husband Jim and enjoying her new house. 
Hilary Speare graduated from Olivet College 
with a B.A. in biology and then proceeding 
to Columbia U.. where she took her BSN. 
Hilary has been working with premature in- 
fants as an RN in Kalamazoo, MI. Jennifer 
Romm graduated from Ithaca College and is 
now living in Rochester, NY, where she is the 
female half of the Jennifer and Doug morn- 
ing show. Ellen King graduated cum laude 
from the U. of Georgia and then received her 
master's degree from the U. of S. Mississippi 
in adapted physical education. Ellen is now a 
graduate research ass't. working on a federal 
grant at Okla. State U. and hoping to re- 
ceive her doctorate in higher education 
within the next two years. 

That's it for the Class of 1976 this year. I £ 
really appreciate all the cards and letters. ^ 



33 



Sweet Briar: Still in the Black 

Peter V. Daniel, 
Vice-President and Treasurer 



We hear a lot about the high cost of 
everything nowadays and there certainly is no 
denying the ravages of the inflationary spiral. 
Colleges and universities suffer immensely in 
these periods. The cost of fuel oil. electricity, 
food items and many other daily expenses for 
operating Sweet Briar have soared. Over the 
last seven years the budgeted expenses have 
increased at an average of 8.3% per year, and 
for 1978-79. the increase was 10.4% over the 
previous year. 

In order to fund the increasing cost of our 
operations, the revenues must also keep pace 
with the inflation rate. Fortunately during 
recent years Sweet Briar has relied less and 
less on student fees and more and more on 
unrestricted annual giving from alumnae. 




parents, and others as well as increased en- 
dowment income. For instance over the last 
ten years college fees have risen 77% whereas 
Sweet Briar's comprehensive fee has increased 
71% during the same period, or an average of 
7.1% per year. The consumer price index for 
the same period increased almost 90%. To 
achieve this we are greatly indebted to the 
wonderful support of alumnae and the many 
others in the Sweet Briar constituency. Not 
only is such support invaluable to the progress 
and welfare of this college, but its con- 
tinuation will be even more essential in the 
future. 

The total assets of the College on June 30, 



Alumnae 
Notices 



1978, were $34,952,000, an increase of 
$4,069,000 over the previous year. Most of this 
increase was centered in the Endowment 
Fund, the book value of which increased from 
$12,985,000 to $16,040,000. This increase was 
due primarily to the distribution of the John 
Lee Pratt estate. The market value of Sweet 
Briar's Endowment Fund on June 30, 1978 
was $16,937,000. 

Operationally the College continued its ex- 
cellent record and ended the fiscal year in an 
enviable position despite the increasing 
pressures of high inflation in so many areas; 
the following graphs and tables help to illus- 
trate this: 



CURRENT FUNDS REVENUES, EXPENDITURES 

AND OTHER CHANGES 

Years Ended June 30, 1977 and 1978 



1977 



1978 



BALANCE SHEET 




Revenues: 


%ofE&G %ofE&G 


June 30, 


1977 and 1978 




Educational and general: 
Student fees 


$2,386,000 


59 


$2,717,000 


61 








Endowment income 


961,000 


24 


996.000 


22 


ASSETS 


1977 


1978 


Gifts and grants 


429,000 


11 


443,000 


10 


Current Assets: 






Other sources 


237,000 


6 


324,000 


7 


Cash 


$ 172,000 


$ 232,000 


Total Educational 










Investments 


3,864.000 


4,661,000 


and General 


4,013.000 


100 


4,480.000 


100 


Receivables 


432,000 


483,000 












Inventory 


73,000 


88,000 


Auxiliary enterprises 


1,320,000 




1.492.000 




Deferred expenditures 


59,000 


59.000 


Other 


182,000 




168.000 




Total Current Assets 


4,600,000 


5,523,000 




$5,515,000 




$6,140,000 




Plant and Equipment 


12,198,000 


12,735,000 


Expenditures. 

Educational and general: 










Other Assets: 






Instruction 


$1,630,000 


43 


$1,700,000 


41 


Investments 


13,776,000 


16,342,000 


Library 


167.000 


4 


204.000 


5 


Notes receivable 


309,000 


352,000 


Student services 


336,000 


9 


369,000 


9 




$30,883,000 


$34,952,000 


Operation & mtnce. of plant 
General administrative 


562,000 
247,000 


15 

7 


604,000 
283,000 


14 

7 


LIABILITIES AND FUND BALANCES 
Current Liabilities: 

Accounts payable $ 200.000 


$ 277,000 


Public services & information 
General institutional 
Student aid 


297,000 
239,000 
312,000 


8 
6 
8 


383,000 
272.000 
366,000 


9 
6 
9 


Advance student fees and 






Total Educational 










deferred income 


254,000 


256,000 


and General 


3.790,000 


100 


4,181,000 


100 


Total Current Liabilities 


454,000 


533,000 


Auxiliary enterprises 


1,169,000 




1,290.000 




Other Liabilities: 






Other 


219,000 




180.000 




Bonds payable 


551,000 


536,000 




$5,178,000 




$5,651,000 




Total Liabilities 


$ 1,005.000 


$ 1,069,000 


Other changes: 
















Transfer to Endowment funds 


60.000 




2.000 




Current funds 

Loan funds 

Endowment and similar funds 

Half-Century funds 

Life Income funds 


3,704,000 

512,000 

12,985.000 

998,000 

32,000 


4,322,000 

551,000 

16,040,000 

739,000 

32,000 


Reserve — plant 
Reserve — natural resources 
Reserve — book shop 
Reserve — farm 
Reserve — contingencies 


30,000 

1.000 

7.000 

17.000 

222.000 




60.000 

18.000 

21,000 

388.000 




Plant funds 


11,647,000 


12,199,000 




337.000 




489.000 






$30,883,000 


$34,952,000 




$5,515,000 




$6,140,000 





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1977-78 
ToUl Income l$6.l4mUllonl 





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Told hp»nvf IS5.&5 million' 





LNRtSTRICTtD GIFTS (In ihouundtol doll Ml 



Parolt Fund 



By-Law Change 
Is Proposed 



1»T0 IVI ITfl IVT3 



Proposed By-Law change, to be voted on at 
the annual meeting of the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Association in October 1979. 
Article X — Nominations and Elections 
Section 2 — Nominations 
d. At the end of the last sentence, add: 
"If no additional nominations are 
made, the Director of the Alumnae As- 
sociation is instructed to cast a ballot 
electing the proposed slate." 



1978 Gifts to the Alumnae Memorial Scholarship Fund 



RECENT DEATHS 



IN MEMORY OF: 

Jean Bird Antonius '36 

Margaret Banister '16 

Dorothy Boyle Charles '31 

Kate T. Coe '29 

James R. and Patricia Cansler Covington 

'48 
Ruth Goodwin Duke '40 
Florence Freeman Fowler '19 
Susan Gibaud '65 
Katharyn Norris Kelley '26 

David T. Lauderdale 

Margaret Alischul Luckhardt '49 

Georgie Wilson Mockridge '30 

Norvell Royer Orgain '30 

Phoebe Rowe Peters '31 

Doris Thompson Reeves '14 

Esther Dickinson Robbins '27 

Charles H. Sells 

Laura Babbitt Shuffle '35 



Mary Ely Smith '52 
Gorham B. Walker, Jr. 

Mrs. Russell Westbrook 
Polly Cary Dew Woodson '26 
Lid a Voigt Young '35 



DONATED BY: 

P. Goff and Mary Ellen Thompson Beach 

'42 
Juliet Halliburton Burnett '35 
Martha von Briesen '31 
Geraldine Mallory Lees "33 
Mrs. Chauncey W. Durden, Jr. 

Katharine Hill Apperson '40 

Susanne Gay Linville '32 

Sweet Briar Club of Rochester 

Dorothy Keller Iliff '26 

Lois Peterson Wilson '26 

Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57 

Mrs. Frank J. Altschul 

Mary Moss Sutliff '30 

Norvell Orgain Butler '60 

Martha von Briesen '31 

Sweet Briar Club of Toledo 

Frances Sample Holmlund '27 

Mary Doucett Neill '41 

Cary Burwell Carter '35 

Beverley Hill Furniss '35 

Juliet Halliburton Burnett '35 

Ruth Hasson Smith '30 

Elizabeth Bond Wood '34 

Frank G. Davidson. Jr. 

Dorothea M. Fuller '53 

William S. Woodson, Jr. 

Juliet Halliburton Burnett '35 

Sarah Tomlinson Foscue '38 and Mr. Foscue 

Sue Lawton Mobley "55 and Mr. Mobley 



Dr. Gertrude Bilhuber (AC) 

(no date) 
Mrs. Carter Glass, Jr. 

(Ria Thomas AO 

January 8, 1979 
Mrs. Merrill Haskell 

(Florence Grove AC) 

November 20, 1978 
Mrs. Marcus Hobart 

(Helen Browne AC) 

December 16. 1978 
Mrs. Charles McKnight 

(Mary De Long T9) 

January 25, 1979 
Mrs. Nelson C. Dezendorf 

(Beatrice Henry '20) 

December 19, 1978 
Mrs. Irving W. Parkhurst 

(Dorothy Copeland '23) 

(no date) 
Mrs. Brownlee Currey 

(Frances Hampton '25) 

February 10, 1979 
Mrs. Gregory Ferenbach 

(Romayne Schooley '25) 

December 31, 1978 
Mrs. H. Roger Birchall 

(Eleanor Reehl '26) 

October 17, 1978 
Miss Marietta B. Darsie C26) 

February 23, 1979 
Mrs. Llewellyn W. Snead 



(Daisy Huffman '26) 

February 16, 1979 
Mrs. Jonathan Moore. Jr. 

(Mary Gladys Brown '26) 

December 18, 1978 
Mrs. Johnson Nobbe 

(Martha Caroline Johnson '32) 

December 19, 1978 
Mrs. Addison B. Bingham 

(Jean Buchanan '29) 

May 8, 1978 
Mrs. John K. Walker 

(Virginia LaNieve '29) 

December 30, 1978 
Mrs. Frank E. Fowler 

(Laura Sage '30) 

(no date) 
Mrs. James R. Scott 

(Eleanor Elliott '35) 

February 24, 1979 
Mrs. William Bransford 

(Frances Moses '40) 

March 22, 1979 
Mrs. Frances B. Whitaker 

(Frances Baldwin "41) 

November 1978 
Mrs. Mary L. Freeman 

(Mary Leonard '54) 

July 22, 1978 
Mrs. Jere C. Trent 

(Lynne Gilbert '60) 

November 13. 1978 



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ALUMNAE IN THE NEWS 



SUMMER ISSUE 



1979 



SWEET BRIAR ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 




Madden Lupton McCallie '48 is shown above with (left to right) son Jack B. McCallie, husband David P. McCallie, M.D., sons Allen Lupton McCallie 
and David P. McCallie, Jr., Kiwanis president Paul Lewis and son Frederick Madden McCallie. 



The Chattanooga Times — For the second 
time in history, the Chattanooga Kiwanis 
Club's Distinguished Service Award was 
made to a husband and wife, Dr. David P. 
McCallie and Maddin Lupton McCallie 
(Sweet Briar '48). . . . The other husband and 
wife team, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon P. Street, 
shared the honor in 1972. (ed. note: Mrs. 
Street is Ruth Lowrance Street '27.) Com- 
mittee chairman Raymond Witt (husband of 
Florence Bagley Witt '42), described the 
McCallies as "father and mother who have 
created a home and a family, while simul- 
taneously functioning in such a manner to 
symbolize and give reality to the human and 
spiritual values to which Kiwanis has always 
given primacy." Maddin Lupton, the news 
story adds, has served on the long-range plan- 
ning committee of the board of trustees of 
McCallie School, past president of the Junior 
League, member of the board of governors of 
the Opportunity Home for Girls, the board of 
the Riverview Garden Club. "Other agencies 
benefiting from her energy and efforts are 
the Goodwill Industries, Chattanooga Arts 
Festival and the Hunter Museum Society, of 
which she is chairman. She holds the Girls' 
Preparatory School Distinguished Alumnae 
Award for her contributions to the com- 
munity. Maddin is a past president of the 
Women of the Church, of which she is an 
honorary member. She has served as director 

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of the Junior Church and is the director of 
the kindergarten class at First Presbyterian 
Church ... In education, she has been a 
board member of the Bright School and board 
member of a day nursery in Chattanooga. 



Nashville, TN — Governor Alexander has 
named Ann Tuck (Ann Rowland Tuck, SBC 
'48) to head the Department of Conservation 
under his administration. Ann, a long-time 
leader in Tennessee Republican politics, is 
the first woman appointed to the Alexander 
cabinet. "Ann Tuck has a keen sense of high 
responsibility in Conservation and Human 
Services during the administration of former 
Gov. Winfield Dunn," said Gov. Alexander. 
"She has a strong background in public ad- 
ministration in two major departments of 
state government . . . ." Ann is currently a 
member of the Tenn. Beautiful Advisory Com- 
mittee, states the Nashville newspaper. "She 
is past president of the Tenn. Federation of 
Republican Women and a former vice pres- 
ident of the National Federation of Republi- 
can Women .... She is president-elect of the 
Nashville Symphony Association and has re- 
cently completed a three-year term on the 
executive committee of the Nashville Mental 
Health Assoc. Exec. Committee." 



Civil Sendee News, Washington, DC — Carol 
D. Cooper, Sweet Briar College 1971, was one 
of Ten Outstanding Handicapped Employees 
of 1978 to be honored by the U.S. Civil Ser- 
vice Commission, Oct. 1978. "Blind since 
birth, Ms. Cooper is Clerk Dictating Machine 
Transcriber of the Patent and Trademark 
Office of the Dept. of Commerce. She is a 
highly productive transcriber, producing type- 
written material from dictation at rates ex- 
ceeding seven pages per hour. In addition, 
she answers 30 telephone lines and redirects 
calls among the office's 94 employees. She 
keeps extensive records by making Braille 
notes and transcribing them in typed form so 
that anyone can quickly locate desired mater- 
ial. She has devised her own system for oper- 
ating duplicating machines and for complet- 
ing printed forms without assistance .... 

"At the request of W. Va. University, she 
helped evaluate a Braille verifer developed 
for the National Academy of Science. When 
her mastery of magnetic-card typewriters 
came to the attention of IBM, she was asked 
by that company to demonstrate the machines 
at conferences .... Ms. Cooper majored in 
modern languages at Sweet Briar. As a rep- 
resentative for the Volunteer Braille Service, 
Washington, and Reader Services for the 
Visually Handicapped in Virginia, she has 
participated in meetings, giving speeches 
and promoting awareness of the problems of 
the blind." 



Teaneck, NJ— Former Maryland Assistant 
Attorney General Joanna Sabalauskas 
Lehane, Sweet Briar College 1966, has been 
named Director of Government Relations for 
Motors & Equipment Manufacturers Associ- 
ation in New Jersey. In her new post she will 
monitor federal and state legislative regula- 
tory activities of "vital interest to the vehicle 
components industry and will report develop- 
ments to the membership and will maintain 
liaison with Congress and federal and state 
agencies." 

In her former position. Mrs. Lehane was 
senior attorney responsible for all legal mat- 
ters concerning the Maryland Motor Vehicle 
Administration. "As an expert in federal-state 
relations, she has lectured on the subject of 
state preemption of federal regulations. Her 
other areas of expertise include business and 
taxation legislation, standards for automotive 
products, and international trade. She was in- 
tegrally involved in 1975 in the recently- 
decided oil company divestiture case, Exxon 
Corp. v. Governor of Maryland. She served 
two internships in the Capitol Hill office of 
(then) Sen. Gruening of Alaska, and worked 
as a law clerk for the Baltimore firm of Allen, 
Burch and Baker." 

Joanna received her Doctorate of Jurispru- 
dence and her Masters of Laws in Taxation 
from Georgetown Univ. Law Center, Wash- 
ington, DC. 




Smith College News, Northhampton, MA — 
Patricia Skarda, assistant professor of English 
at Smith College, has been awarded an Ameri- 
can Council on Education fellowship in aca- 
demic administration for 1979 .... During 
her fellowship, Ms. Skarda will work first 
with Robert Edwards, president of Carleton 
College .... Ms. Skarda and the 42 other 
fellows for 1979 will share their experiences 
and common areas of interest at three semi- 
nars hosted by ACE and at regional meet- 
ings. Ms. Skarda. who has been on the faculty 
at Smith since 1973, was educated at Sweet 
Briar College (class of 1968), Texas Tech 
and the University of Texas. 




Schwabische Zeitung, Vim, W. Germany — 
(translated) "As the daughter of an American 
officer born in Frankfort am Mein Ann 
Tedards already moved one year later to 
California. Other stations were: Ohio, Oki- 
nawa, Oklahoma, the Philippines, Japan and 
Hawaii. She has sung her whole life up to 
now in school, in church, in choirs. She first 
determined to be a singer during her college 
years. After four years she completed the 
A.B.. after two further years she was freely 
active, lived in New York and participated 
for another year with N.Y. Pro Musica 
Antiqua Ensemble. At the Grazer summer- 
school (1978) she was discovered by General 
music director Frederick Pleyer." 

Further translations from the German 
newspaper describe in part Ann's concert at 
a summer festival at Ulmer Theater: "Two 
parts of the program proved to be well ap- 
plauded smash hits. One of them was the 
debut of the highly talented American singer 
Ann Tedards .... The surprise and discovery 
of the afternoon was Ann Tedards from New 
York, who immediately had an enthusiastic 
audience . . . with an aria from Verdi's "Fal- 
staff." Her voice possesses all the sustaining 
qualities, the style, animation and register to 
give the aria all the delicate, thoughtful and 
convincing performance it demands." 



Salisbury, NC — Mrs. John E. Ramsay is the 
recipient of the 1978 Brotherhood Award of 
the local chapter of the National Conference 
of Christians and Jews as "the originator of 
an idea and gentle but effective agitator" who 
brought the Meals on Wheels Program to 
Salisbury and Rowan County. Mrs. Ramsay 
is Jean Ann Ferrier, SBC '47. She and John, 
an architect, are parents of four children and 
grandparents of three. Jean Ann and her 
volunteers began the Meals on Wheels over 
a year ago. delivering 16 meals: the day of the 
Award presentation in 1978, her group had 
delivered 98 meals. The United Fund supports 
the program but the Salisbury newspaper 
says Jean Ann is "the mother of Meals on 
Wheels who has courage, an empathetic 
nature, and a tireless, resourceful, modest and 
goal -oriented spirit 



University of Rochester Office of Public 
Relations, NY — Sheila A. Mahoney (Sweet 
Briar '66). academic counselor in the Career 
Services and Placement Center of the Univ. 
of Rochester, has been appointed assistant to 
the deans of the School of Medicine and Den- 
tistry .... She will be responsible for coordi- 
nating activities such as personnel and pay- 
roll administration, curriculum planning and 
commencement planning. Before joining 
the University staff in 1977, Ms. Mahoney 
was a visual editor at Harcourt Brace Jovano- 
vich .... Previously she had been employed 
in the Department of Rare Books and Manu- 
scripts in Rhees Library of the University of 
Rochester; as a staff counselor in a hospital 
in Valdez, Alaska; and as a teacher in 
Rochester. A graduate of Sweet Briar, Ms. 
Mahoney did graduate work at Stanford Univ. 
and at Middlebury College. 




Public Relations Society of America, Inc., 
NYC — Janis Thomas Hawk (SBC '52), associ- 
ate director of institutional relations at the 
University of Alabama, has become the 17th 
public relations practioner in the state to be 
professionally accredited by the PR Society 
of America .... Accreditation is the highest 
recognition of professional competance be- 
stowed upon members of PRSA. This Society 
is an 8,000-member professional organization 
which advances the practice of public rela- 
tions through a continuing educational, re- 
search and information exchange programs. 
Ms. Hawk is the immediate past president of 
the Alabama Chapter. PRSA. Her daughter 
Caroline is a sophomore at Sweet Briar 
'78-'79. 



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"Alumnae In The News" is made up from 
press clippings sent from all over the world, 
wherever Sweet Briar alumnae have perform- 
ed noteworthy deeds. If you recognize a friend 
or classmate in a newspaper story, would you 
please send it to us? Just address an envelope 
to the Alumnae Office, Sweet Briar, VA 24595 
— and be sure to include the name of the 
publication from which you took the clipping. 

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Going . . . Going . . . Gone 

Back to College 



by Ann Marshall Whitley '47 



Once upon a time a graduate of Sweet Briar re- 
turned to live in Amherst County. My husband 
and I, tired of fighting for survival in major metropolitan 
areas, yearned for fresh air, beautiful scenery, less hassle, 
good water, lower taxes, our own firewood, no traffic, 
peace and a vegetable garden. We found a nice knoll 
with a 180-degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 
and we proceeded to build a house. Building a house in 
Amherst County takes a long time; therefore, I decided 
to take a course at Sweet Briar to keep me from the 
building site so that I would not be tempted to kick, 
maim or strangle the builder. 

My return to college at the mid-century point in my 
life is quite a revelation. I cannot remember being a good 
student but I did put in enough licks to pass into the 
Alumnae Association. Grades were never my strong 
point, but science was my Waterloo. I was handed an 
earthworm in zoology and had to be shown which end 
the head was on. When I returned to college to rejuve- 
nate my gray cells I was agog over the course selections. 
There was a whole world of good things to choose from 
in 1978. 1 felt like a five-year-old in a candy shop, want- 
ing to take everything. 

I had taken a good smattering of liberal arts back in 
the 40's. It seemed wise to select something that I knew 
little about: African history. 

Yes, the Dark Continent was going to light up my 
mind. Day #1 came and with pen poised over the theme 
book, the dried-out brain revved up to absorb miracles 
of modern research, the aging machine went into action 
surrounded by those charming young things known as 
the future of our nation. I am resigned to being from the 
"olden days." Could I compete? Why not? While there 
is life, there is hope. 

The first thing I learned was that my preconceived 
ideas of Africa were all wrong, absolutely and em- 
phatically wrong, so I had to start by unlearning things 
that I was not aware that I had absorbed during my life- 
time. When all the new facts about Africa were presented 
to me, I realized my knowledge had been picked up 
through the years from such sources as the Tarzan films 
which played every Friday night at our local movie house 



David Abrams 




Ann Marshall Whitley 

"Raised in Cincinnati, I am probably the only child ever brought home 
from the hospital to find a Sweet Briar pennant hanging over the crib. 
My mother was in the class of '21. After SB graduation I joined the 
staff of the Cincinnati Art Museum and in 1950 married an Army 
lieutenant and we lived in Austria. After some twenty transfers and 
two daughters (Libby, SB '75 and Cindy '78), Jesse and I retired from 
military. During our many moves — and living in twenty-five homes — 
I worked in art groups, lecturing and researching for museums. I also 
hung curtains for 350-plus windows, painted miles of walls and put in 
dozens of gardens. At the moment I'm collecting and cataloging the 
treasures of Sweet Briar. We have an unbelievable trove of early Vic- 
toriana on campus . . . ." 

Ann was '47's class secretary for ten years, president of the Washington 
DC Club and now a member of the Golden Stairs Committee. As a 
student, she majored in art history, worked on the SB News and Briar 
Patch and sang with the Glee Club. She also was elected Sweetheart 
of Sigma Chi at U.Va. 



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ONE OF THE GANG- 



in the 30's. I was sure that all of Africa was jungle, grass- 
skirted spear throwers and mangey lions. Not so. There 
were some outstanding civilizations in Africa. Lions 
live in savannah country; mangey lions live in zoos and 
circus cages. I discovered that only a fraction of Africa 
is rain forest. I had forgotten that Egypt, Morocco, 
Nubia and Ethiopia had ancient and prestigious his- 
tories. The Sahara and Kalahari deserts are part of the 
scene, too. Looking back, I should have remembered 
"Beau Geste" with Gary Cooper and Telly Savalas. They 
swashed and buckled all over the desert, and that desert 
was in Africa. We all saw "The Snows of Kilimanjaro." 
That too is in Africa. Thanks to Ernest Hemingway, I 
remembered after the fact that Africa has mountains. 
In my SBC class new and strange words were thrown at 
us: Axum, Timbuctu, Kush, Nok, Zimbawa, Dongela 
and Bantu, and we learned their place in history. I was 
forging ahead like a rusty old steam engine. 

The fifth week a paper was due. Choose your own sub- 
ject! Professor Sir might as well have said, "Choose your 



own poison." I stewed and fretted and finally presented 
a paper, unscholarly, to say the least. It was not con- 
notated, annotated, footnoted or researched. In effect, 
it was a real Erma Bombeck but I figured Professor Sir 
could use a laugh. Laughing prolongs one's life. Pro- 
fessor Sir would live forever after reading this. 

Then came the miracle. The paper was returned with 
a notation. "It is a pleasure to read a grammatical essay 
in which the sentences are connected logically to each 
other. You are way ahead of recent products of 'pro- 
gessive education'." He liked it! Three cheers for my 
college experience. I was over the wave and could sail 
into the next quarter under a full head of steam. 

Oh, the joyous days of college when one needs to be 
true only to one's self, a selfish time and perhaps the 
only and last time in a person's life when she can be 
totally self-centered. I see this now, looking at the stu- 
dents. These bright, lovely young people, minds open 
and — like sponges — soaking up the flotsam and jetsam 
of dozens of courses, looking no further into the future 
than Saturday nights at U. Va. or W&L. That's great. 
I lived through it and loved it a lifetime ago. 



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'ittmjo* 



IT LOOKS TARTHER 
THAN IT USED TO... 







I wonder how they would feel if they knew what that 
old lump sitting in their class was really thinking. 
Professor Sir is saying, "In 1380 Europe suffered a finan- 
cial crisis because the African gold supply dwindled to 
a trickle, due, in effect, to rival sub-Saharan kingdoms 
going to war and not providing gold to the caravans go- 
ing north." So here we are 600 years later and what's 
new? 

African gold is still in the ground (albeit Fort Knox), 
the dollar is plunging like a Playboy neckline, the natives 
are restless, the South African powder keg will blow any 
moment, Idi Amin may still be lopping heads, Rhodesia 
is feeling poorly. Ho-hum. I wonder if my new septic 
tank will work. Good grief. I forgot to take the meat out 
of the freezer for dinner. I wonder if my husband can 
survive another omelette this week. Do we help the kids 
with the rent again this month? 

Professor Sir: "The gold that did reach Europe from 
Africa stayed mostly in Italy and the Italian city states 
became wealthy and so we have the beginning of the 
Renaissance in Italy." Well, I have no gold but this cer- 
tainly is a Renaissance for this old student. 

Another thing about going back to Sweet Briar is the 
beauty of the campus and countryside. I am aware that 



the students notice this beauty occasionally, but being 
preoccupied with the basic fundamentals of "getting 
on with their thing," they could be at Wassamatta U., 
Anyplace, USA, for all the joy they take in the sur- 
roundings. I feel sorry that most of them can't take the 
time to smell the flowers, but I do take joy in the fact 
that I can. Students are limber and jog, hot and sweaty, 
from one end of the campus to the other. I stroll and 
take in the scenery. I sniff the boxwood and magnolia. 
Someday they will come for their 25th reunion and won- 
der where the scenery came from. 

I walk to the lake and watch a great blue heron flap 
gracefully away over the pine trees, a hawk so high 
against Paul's Mountain that it looks like a sun speck 
dancing. I am at peace and begin to think kind thoughts 
of Thoreau at Walden. It is a purely transcendental day 
until I hear in clarion tones from the boat house, 
"STACK THE BEER BY THE RAILING AND GET 
THE ACTION MOVING! TURN UP THE AMPS!" 
The amps are turned up and do I get any of Handel's 
Water Music? No way. I get a split ear from Bennie 
Carter and Willie Smith on the alto saxes at a million 
decibles. My mood isn't broken; it is smashed. I realize 
fully that youth is really wasted on the young, and I am 
happy it is behind me. 



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N/ 




COMMUNING WITH NATURE 



Returning to college has a lot of benefits and many 
options. You can eat lunch with the students and 
you get an earful. You are not their mother and you are 
not one of the faculty, you are just an older one of them. 
They confide their frustrations about their courses and 
the faculty. You eat lunch with the faculty; now you are 
their contemporary. You have graduated, you are with 
them, and their frustrations go into your other ear. 
There you are, the middleman. So you drop back twenty 
years when you were an Army wife and recall Lesson #1 
. . . "hold your peace and do not let either side know 
what the other thinks." (State Dept. Diplomatic Pamph- 
let for Wives of Military Attaches, 1959.) 

As an alumna student you go to student parties, to 
faculty and alumnae parties. It is all yours. You can 
study at leisure. The stacks in the library, so much larger 
than in my day, offer not only heavenly peace and quiet 
but also the world at your finger tips. There in the stacks 
you forget the time, you forget the unmade beds and 
you forget those Golden Stairs letters you promised to 
send out. They trust you in the library. You have white 
hair and some liver spots. You are responsible. You look 
plump, settled and reliable so they give you the key to the 
Rare Book Room. You read Daisy's Diary in the original, 
poke around in the Archives, look at jade cups, Con- 
federate money, Indian arrowheads, wonderful pictures 



of SBC in her infancy and you even hold Jefferson Davis's 
silver punch ladle. 

The girls are friendly, charming and interested in 
everything. One darling offered me a pair of her old jeans 
when she discovered I was refinishing some furniture. 
Jeans made me feel like one of the gang. 

When I need to borrow notes for a missed class, do I 
go to a dorm room to find a classmate? No, there is a 
new system today. You find your classmate's favorite 
soap opera and you will find her there. You go to Gram- 
mer for All My Children at 1 p.m., then to Carson at 
1 :30 for As the World Turns. Dew has Search for 
Tomorrow and Gray has One Life to Live at 2 p.m. The 
soaps play to full houses. You can also pick up Search 
for Tomorrow at Alumnae House. 

A return to Sweet Briar in mid-life is mind-stretch- 
ing. You have — besides courses — concerts, films, 
theater, horse shows, art exhibits, poetry readings, reci- 
tals, exercise class, church activities, jazz groups, sports 
and the swimming pool. It doesn't hurt to be quali- 
fied in time-management expertise. To participate in 
all of these activities is like living in a Waring blender 
and a certain amount of frustration ensues because you 
cannot possibly manage it all. Yes, life at Sweet Briar 
can be rigorous if you want it to be. It elevates your a 
spirit from the ordinary household routine. What fun! % 



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Elizabeth McMartin '79 




Career Planning 



by Carter Hunter Hopkins '68 




When we, in the Career Planning Office, found 
that 65 percent of Sweet Briar's class of 1978 
went directly from college into jobs, we decided it was 
time for us to light a few firecrackers under ourselves. 

We believe that a liberal arts education is the best 
possible preparation for beginning jobs in business, in- 
dustry, government and education, as well as for grad- 
uate schools in the professions. But these days, parti- 
cularly, students need practical skills to discover their 
career preferences and how to get started. 

No longer is our office work merely finding jobs for 
seniors. No longer will you find us in the basement of 
Fletcher! We have moved upstairs to 202-3 Fletcher. 
Gone is the old name, Vocational Guidance Office. Now 
we are the Career Planning Office and look at what we 
now do. We have added : 

— one-to-one counseling 

— interest tests 

— a resources library (information on career fields, 
graduate school programs, fellowships and scholar- 
ships, employment trends, opportunities for minori- 
ties and women) 

— career speakers series 

— a monthly newsletter (recruitment schedules, fellow- 



Sweet Briar's Dierctor of Career Planning, Carter Hunter Hopkins '68, 
has been named oneof the Outstanding Young Women of America for 
1978. This award is made by a Board of Advisers, representing the 
General Federation of Women's Clubs, Business and Professional 
Women's Clubs, Pilot Club International, the YWCA and other 
women's organizations. Carter received the M.Ed, degree from Ameri- 
can University in guidance counseling and then worked as counselor at 
Stone Ridge Country Day School, Bethesda. She is the daughter of 
Byrd Smith Hunter '43 and the sister of Baird Hunter '70. She is shown 
above, seated, with Mittie Jordan Harvey '74, the Assistant Director. 

ship, scholarship, employment opportunities, on- 

campus career education events) 
— on-eampus recruitment 
— workshops (resume writing, interviewing, skills in 

decision-making; assertiveness training, job search 

techniques) 
— an alumnae network (opportunities to be in touch 

with alumnae active in a field of interest) 
— job placement assistance (job announcements: part- 
time, full-time, summer jobs) 
— placement files (recommendations kept on file and 

sent on request to prospective employers) 

These are all planned to help every student and 
alumna find where she is going and what are her saleable 
characteristics. 



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A grant from IBM has helped to fund our metamor- 
phosis. Faculty members can now take field trips to 
businesses and industries twice a year to learn what our 
graduates face. Faculty members can also apply for 
funding summer projects, internships or work ex- 
changes. Here are the 1978-79 projects: 



Field Trips. 1978-79 

Kiplinger Editors 

Washington. DC 

Xerox International Center for Management and 

Training, Leesburg, VA 



Individual Faculty Projects (summer, 1978) 

A Consideration of Canadian Studies: Rosalie 

Murphy, English 

Identifying General and Specific Job Opportunities 

in Energy-Related Career Fields: William Trausneck, 

Education 

Opportunities in Art Conservation: Helen Gager, 

Chemistry; Susan Bandes, Art History 

The Establishment of an On-Campus Data Bank for 

Students Interested in Gerontology and HL-A Typing: 

Jeff Beaubier, Sociology 

An Assessment of the Types of Language Training 
Required by Various International Employers: Marie- 
Therese Sommerville, French 



At a Career Planning workshop, left to right: Helen Gager (Chemistry), Susan Bandes (Art History), William Trausneck (Education), Rosalie Murphy 
(English), Jeff Beaubier (Sociology) and Marie-Therese Sommerville (French). 



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Alumnae, students and faculty and staff members are 
welcome to all our programs. Our 1978-1979 Career 
Planning Programs have been: 

Oct. 3: Careers in the Civil Service 

Oct. 11: Interviewing Techniques Workshop 

Oct. 30: Career/Life Planning Workshop (Nella Gray 

Barkley '55) 
Nov. 2: Resume Writing Workshop 
Nov. 7: Careers in Advertising 
Nov. 14: Job Hunting Techniques Workshop 
Feb. 8: How to Find a Summer Job 
Feb. 15: Coping with Stress 
Feb. 20: Careers in Retail Management 
Feb. 22: The Art of Time Management (workshop) 
March 1 : The Place of the Liberal Arts Graduate in 

Today's Job Market — a panel of business leaders 
March 6: How to Run Your Own Business: Amanda 

de Coligny '68 
March 19: Getting the Jump/Beating the Rush — 

workshop for juniors 
March 22: Community Forum — faculty panel 
April 3: Dual Career Couples — panel 



Our Career Planning Office serves alumnae as well as 
current students. If you need us, call (804) 381 -5593 or 
stop in at 202-203 Fletcher on weekdays between 8:30 
a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please keep your credential files cur- 
rent; your file should contain letters of recommendation. 

Our office would like to know about alumnae current 
jobs, what you alumnae are doing in your jobs. If you 
are available to come to the campus to speak about your 
career, we will furnish housing and contribute toward 
transportation costs. 

Please call or write to Carter Hopkins, Director of 
Career Planning, Sweet Briar, VA 24595. 



A number of services are available to students and recent graduates of 
Sweet Briar. Below, three current students browse the career-related 
literature in the reading room in Fletcher. Opposite, representatives 
from two different companies interview prospective graduates. Upper, 
Hannah Craighill '79 chats with Carol Manweiler, college recruiter for 
the Virginia National Bank. Lower, Charles Higgins of Metropolitan 
Life interviews Rebecca Trulove '79. 




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David Abrami 





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the editor's 




Professor Edwards' look at Sweet Briar's setting 
(see page two) reminds us of at least three others 
who also looked at the land and appreciated it and wrote 
of the beauty they saw. 

"There are Norway spruces, cathedral yews, southern 
magnolias, weeping and branching hemlocks, horse 
chestnuts, maples, locusts with their fragrant white 
clusters in June, to be followed later in the summer by 
the white flowering catalpa, and the delicate mimosa." 
Meta Glass, president from 1925-1946, added, "A 
holly rises almost to the height of the spruces, while the 
feathery shower-bouquets of a fringe tree stand delicately 
revealed against a boxwood hedge .... There has been 
preserved one of the original cabins of the slaves, stand- 
ing in front of a stately Indian deodar and overhung by 
a paulownia tree that showers its pale purple blossoms 
about the door or blossomless, casts its dappled shadows 
across the old stone chimney." 



More than one hundred years before President Glass 
wrote these words about Sweet Briar, a young man left 
Vermont on horseback and rode to Virginia. And in 1831 
Elijah Fletcher wrote from Lynchburg to one of his 
brothers, "I have lately bought me a Plantation which 
Maria talks of settling and spending her summers at 
.... It lies this side of Amherst Court House . . . with a 
large brick house on it, containing about 1000 acres of 
pretty good land 

Elijah in 1844 wrote, "We are building at Sweetbrier 
Plantation the great Barn so long talked of — 100 feet 
long and 40 wide .... The crop prospects look well. 
Early wheat is now beginning to be harvested." 

To Sidney, Indiana, and Elizabeth Fletcher, Elijah 
sent a letter from Sweetbrier, 1846: "Dear Children . . . 
Pauls mountain this time has divided the Clouds and 
left us here dry. A little more (rain) here would have 
helped the second planting of Corn, but we shall make 
enough any how and the Tobacco has not suffered .... 
You would be pleased with the fruit in our orchard. 
There are all varieties ... It would be a great amusement 
for Inda and Bettie to go from tree to tree and try the 
new fruit 

The next day, August 22, 1846. Elijah continued his 
letter to his children, ". . . . I have picked out my final 
resting place on the round top of Woodroofs Mound 
(now known as Monument Hill). I used to converse with 
Sidney about it, how I wanted an area enclosed and a 
plain White marble obelisk 20 feet high. And this en- 
closure I would like cultivated in fine Trees and shrubs 
and flowers and that all my children should meet there 
once a year and prune and trim and cultivate it .... All 
quiet. The whole face of the earth looks green, weeds as 
high as your head and yesterday on the meadows cut 
the second crop of Clover 

A year later he noted, "late rains has given some new 
vigor to vegetation. Wheat is in full head, cherries are 
ripe. We have at this plantation an abundance, as well 
as plenty of fine Field Strawberries 

To a brother, Elijah in 1848 wrote, "You will hardly 
guess what I am amusing myself about to day and per- 
haps will think me foolish when I tell you that my em- 
ployment is the superintendence of Setting out Trees of 
various kinds, when from my age there can be little 
chance of seeing their growth to maturity or enjoying 
their fruits. But these are considerations that hardly 
ever enter my mind, and as Mr. Gerrard said, 'Plant a 
Tree to day if I knew death would await me tomorrow.' 
... I have 100 English Walnut of small size. About 10 
years ago I planted some which are now bearing. They 
are a hardy and pretty Tree and will be profitable when 
they come to bear .... I have a large nursery of Fruit 
Trees . . . ." 



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In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 
death of Daisy Williams, the granddaughter of 
Elijah Fletcher and the child in whose memory Sweet 
Briar was founded, the College published Daisy's diary. 
The following selections from her diary are printed ex- 
actly as she wrote them from January 1882 until late 
summer, 1883. In the winter of 1884 she died at sixteen. 

April Friday 21 1882 

.... every thing is lovely here, the poplar trees are 
green, the yellow jesamine is just in bloom and the lilacs, 
the orchard is beautiful the grass is so green and the 
trees in full bloom .... 

May Saturday 1882 

.... The weeping Syringa is in full bloom and very 
beautiful you can smell it all over the yard .... 

May Wednesday 1882 

A lovely day. The fringe tree is in bloom and a good 
many roses I planted flower seeds yesterday .... 

June Friday 1882 

Warm. The magnolia is in bloom we sent a bloom to 
Aunt Lilybell .... 

August Thursday 1882 

.... The men have finished grubbing the crape myrtle 
is in bloom and the belle flower apples are ripe. 



From Daisy s letters 

May 2, 3, 1883 
My own dear Mamma, 

.... The season is very backward. The poplar trees are 
a faint green, and the maple and willow, that is all, there 
are no flowers but lilacs and jessamine and narcissus .... 
Near the little roses there is a honeysuckle which is quite 
large, don't you think it ought to be transplanted and 
where? .... The apple orchard is in bloom the apricots 
are killed .... Ed is now weeding, the rosemary is dead, 
and 6 or 7 of the little roses .... The grass is very 
green .... 

May 8, 1883 
.... The magnolias came with good hills of earth, two 
of them very straight and pretty, but the other two were 
rather crooked .... 

May 15, 1883 
.... The daisys at the Monument Hill are in bloom 
they are the first I have seen. I think there will be a good 
many strawberries, won't Mammy and Singie eat straw- 
berry cake and cream! .... The rhododendrons are 
beginning to bloom .... 

May 27, 1883 
.... Everything is out fully now and the fields are 
pink with the clover in bloom. I find three or four ripe 
strawberries every day in the garden for Papa .... The 
magnolia has a good many buds on it. Two of the new 
ones are putting out leaves very well, and two are not. 

July 30, 1883 
.... I have a German exercise to write so I will say 
Good bye for a little while. 

Your loving little Singie 
P.S. Wohlriechend Feldrose — sweet briar; literally, 
sweet-scented field rose. 



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Sources: The Story of Sweet Briar College by Martha L. Stohlman '34: 
The Letters of Elijah Fletcher, edited by Martha von Briesen '31 ; 
Daisy's Diary, published by Sweet Briar College c. 1934. 

— The Editor 



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Speaking of Books . . 

by Eugenie W. Carr '68 



America's early painters, such as Thomas Cole and 
Frederic Church, "were tramping the wilderness 
and painting the awesome power of nature they felt 
there . . . They looked upon nature as a manifestation of 
God and a cure for all society's ills," said Barbara Bab- 
cock Millhouse '56. "They felt nature would make 
them into better people." 

Mrs. Millhouse's book, American Wilderness — The 
Hudson River School of American Painting, is a young 
adult book published by Doubleday last year. The name 
"Hudson River School" is a little misleading, the author 
says. The tall cliffs of the Hudson River area of New York 
were only the first sites visited by the painters; when Al- 
bert Bierstadt later painted the western mountains, the 
genre was called the "Rocky Mountain School." But it 
all stemmed from the same philosophy, that the wilder- 
ness would save man from himself and his corrupting 
cities. A better appellation for her book, Barbara says, is 
"19th century American Romantic landscape painters." 

She noticed the Hudson River painters a dozen years 
ago when she and a committee began assembling the 
Reynolda House Collection of 19th C. American paint- 
ings. After the house was opened to the public in 1965, 
she thought it needed a handsome collection of paintings 
exhibited in a comfortable setting. "What really turned 
me on was an exhibition of Church's paintings at the 
Knoedler Gallery in New York. The gallery, an old and 
famous one, did no justice to the massive paintings. 
Though poorly displayed, they were a complete thrill to 
me." 

Barbara has studied and written about artists for 
years, and she teaches at Reynolda House in Winston- 




Barbara Babcock Millhouse 
'56, writer, lecturer and Presi- 
dent of Reynolda House. 

Salem. The actual writing of her new book, she says, 
took some nine months, "plus a few months for revisions. 
I trained myself never to sit in front of the typewriter 
with a writer's block. If I couldn't think of a sentence 
or paragraph, I would just type words or phrases — just 
to keep the typewriter clicking." The weeks she worked 
on the manuscript she never worked less than four 
straight days from 8:30 a.m. -3 p.m. "The book was a 
thrill for me because I had never done anything like it, 
longer than the Reynolda House catalogue and an article 
for Antiques magazine. Now I would like to write an 
adult biography of Thomas Cole and a children's biog- 
raphy of Charles Peale . . . The history of the period 
fascinates me. The 19th century takes me into a world 
of utter peace and happiness and simplicity." 

Barbara Millhouse is the granddaughter of R. J. 
Reynolds, who built Reynolda House, and the daughter 
of Charles H. and the late Mary Reynolds Babcock, and 
the sister of Mary Katherine Babcock Mountcastle '52. 
It was through a grant from the Mary Reynolds Babcock 
Foundation that Sweet Briar was able to build the Bab- 
cock Fine Arts Center. On Parents Day, October 29, 
1960, the cornerstone was laid and the name announced 
for the first time at Sweet Briar. 



Ed. note: Eugenie Carr '68, a staff reporter for the 
Winston-Salem Sentinel, wrote this book review from 
which we have taken excerpts, for her newspaper. 



Reynolda House: Museum of American Art 



The many rooms of Reynolda House contain a col- 
lection of American paintings extending over 200 
years from 1755 to the present, including works of John 
Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Mary Cassatt, Thomas 
Eakins, Benj. West, Thomas Hart Benton, Andrew 
Wyeth and many other artists. 

In 1976 a collection of prints by contemporary Ameri- 
can artists was added, works by Albers, Dine. Mother- 
well, Stella and Johns "reflect the highest achievement 
in the technique of printmaking." 

The living room of Reynolda House has a massive 
fireplace, flanked by the double staircase balcony that 
extends around the entire room ; the furnishings are 
Duncan Phyfe as well as English, French and Chinese. 
Displayed in the Lake Dining Room are more than 70 
Dorothy Doughty porcelain birds; although made in 
England for the Royal Worchester Porcelain Company, 
the entire collection is exhibited at Reynolda House. 
Even the attic is used! It serves as permanent exhibition 
space for the collection of clothes worn by the Reynolds 
family since 1905. 

Richard J. Reynolds, with only $7,400 in capital, built 



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the nation's largest tobacco manufacturing company. In 
191 7 the Reynolds family built Reynolda House on a 
thousand-acre tract in North Carolina and built a self- 
sustaining community with a church, school, post office, 
greenhouse, blacksmith shop, stables, dairy and homes 
for about 100 people. Only eight months after the family 
moved into Reynolda, R. J. Reynolds died. His wife 
Katherine continued to develop Reynolda and raise their 
four children, Mary, Nancy, Dick and Smith. After 
Katherine died in 1924, the house was held in trust until 
it was acquired by their daughter Mary Babcock. Over 
the years the Reynolds and the Babcocks initiated many 
civic and education programs. They gave some 300 acres 
to Wake Forest University; the greenhouse-style swim- 
ming pool is now used by students of the American Art 
Discovery Program ; the former post office is the office 
of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation; the dairy 
barn is a Nature Science Center; Piedmont University 
uses the estate to house visiting scholars and for lectures. 
In 1970 Reynolda House hired a full-time director and 
the collection has been accredited by the American As- 
sociation of Museums. 



Estate^ 

Planning 

News 



FOUR ITEMS TO TIDE YOU OVER 

THE SUMMER 

/. For The Young: 

The New England Alumni Trust (NEAT) Group Term Life Insurance program, 
to which Sweet Briar introduced you last fall, had very good response, and soon we ex- 
pect to hear what dividends the college's participation will earn. Now that our policy 
has been in force for more than 90 days, we are entitled to Open Enrollment. That 
means you don't have to wait for a specific sign-up period, but if you want to join the 
Sweet Briar Group for coverage from $10,000 to $50,000 and your age is under 65, you 
can write direct to 

N E A T Alumni Life Plan 

790 Farmington Avenue 

Farmington, Connecticut 06032 

or call their toll-free number, 1-800-243-5198, and ask them to send you the necessary 
forms. 

II. For The Middlers: 

You saw the five-year history of the Pooled Income Fund in the spring issue of 
this magazine; so you know that is thriving. We happy Poolers have just managed to 
stuff our fat new quarterly dividends in our pockets and are proud to report a 6.98% 
return on our money. This is a very satisfying investment for those between 50 and 64, 
and we have lots of room for expansion. 

III. For The Seniors: 

Since the December mailing to the Ladies of the Evening, the Estate Planning 
Office has been doing a brisk mail order business in Gift Annuities, which are written 
for those 65 and over in amounts of $1,000 and up. They provide an excellent tax 
deduction at the time of the gift and semi-annual payments for the rest of your life 
determined by your age and the amount of your gift. 

IV. For Everyone: 

The most important single act in the management of your affairs for yourself and 
for your family, including Sweet Briar, is to have a proper and up-to-date will 
executed, not just contemplated, from your first acquisition of property on. Of course, 
you are bound to realize in the course of this action that leaving a percentage of your 
estate to Sweet Briar will not hurt your heirs but will do wonders for your alma mater. 

Office of Estate Planning 

Sweet Briar College 

BoxG 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595 



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. . to gef a preview of Sweet Briar in the eighties 

. . to mingle with the students and find out what they 're interested in 

, . to meet the faculty and learn about the courses they're teaching 

. to talk to the Deans and Administrators and hear their concerns 

. to listen to the plans of the planners 

. to greet old friends and make new ones 

. to renew your spirit 

COME BACK TO ALUMNAE COUNCIL FROM OCTOBER 

8th to 10th. 

lumnae Council is for all alumnae who wish to attend, and is of special 
nportance to those who are concerned with the general welfare of Sweet 
riar College. 

umnae Council is a must for alumnae members of the Board of Overseers, former alumnae 
embers of the Board of Overseers, members of the Executive Board of the Alumnae 
ssociation, Class Fund Agents, Class Secretaries, Club Presidents, Key Alumnae, Alumnae 
epresentatives, Bulb Chairmen, Class Presidents, Reunion Chairmen, Estate Planning 

lairmen, and the President of the Senior Class. 

// Sweet Briar Alumnae Clubs are urged to send one or more 
presentatives. All alumnae are guests of the College for all planned 
eals and overnight accommodations. 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW AND MAKE YOUR PLANS 
TO ATTEND COUNCIL MEETINGS. 

program and reservation form will be mailed in early September. If you do not 
'eive a form and wish to come please write to the Alumnae Office, Sweet Briar 
Uege, Sweet Briar, Va. 24595 and one will be sent to you. 



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Daisy's Gold Watch: 
A Detective Story 



Mount San Angelo Burns 

The mansion at Mount San Angelo, which was part of the original 
Sweet Briar estate, was destroyed by fire on July 17. Fortunately no one 
was hurt in the blaze which was attributed to a faulty attic exhaust fan. 
The building housed the living quarters and offices of the Virginia Center 
for the Creative Arts. 

The VCCA is a working retreat for professional writers, composers, 
painters and other artists. The twelve artists housed in the mansion are 
now living in their studios, which are located in the renovated stables. 

Ironically, the 109-year-old building was undergoing its third 
renovation in preparation for the grand opening of the Center on 
October 6. VCCA director William Smart says that the VCCA will 
rebuild, probably on the site of the old mansion. 

More photos inside back cover 



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Alumnae Magazine 

Sherlock Holmes at SBC 

by Ann Marshall Whitley '47 2 

The Importance of Women to Women 

by M. Elizabeth Tidball, Board of Overseers 7 

Follow the Leader 

byTabb Thornton Farinholt '59 12 

A Meshing of Talents 

by Dorothy Nicholson Tate '38 1 6 

Hello, I'm Julia de Coligny, I Don't Believe We've Met 

by William E. Smart, Jr. 17 

Can I Do Anything for You? 

by Byrd Stone '56 18 

The Boxwood Circle — 20th Anniversary 19 

SBC Alumnae Notices 20 

The Five Hundred: a picture story 

by David Abrams 22 

Lacrosse: 1912-1979 

by Katherine Macdonald 26 

The Year of the Vixen 27 

The Editors Room: Artes Liberaliae 28 

Profile of the Class of 1982 

by Janet K. Lowrey 31 

Sue Reid Slaughter Update 32 

Class Notes 33 



Volume 50. Number 1. Fall 1979 

Editor: Catharine Fitzgerald Booker, A.B. '47 

Managing Editor: Ann Morrison Reams. A.B. '42 ' 

Class Notes Editor: Carolyn C Bates, M.A., University of Illinois 

Editorial Assistant: Mary Hughes Blackwell, Assistant to the Director of the Alumnae 

Association 
Design: The Design Group, Lynchburg, Virginia 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine (ISSN 0039-7342). Issued four times yearly: fall, 
winter, spring and summer by Sweet Briar College. Second Class postage paid at Sweet Briar. 
VA 24595. Printed by Progress Printing Co., Lynchburg. VA 24502. Send form 3579 to Sweet 
Briar College . Box E. Sweet Briar, VA 24595. Telephone (804) 381-5513. 



Sherlock Holmes 
at SBC 

By Ann Marshall Whitley '47 




Sometimes I wake in the night and 
think that I am Miss Marple or 
Mrs. Colombo. At this point, if 
someone whispered, "Hey, 
Sherlock!" I would snap to attention 
and become a detective. 

Our detective story began 
because I volunteered to help Helen 
McMahon '23 collect Sweet Briar 
alumnae memorabilia. I had learned 
years ago as an Army wife never to 
volunteer because it could lead to 
anything and one could never be 
certain whether it would be good or 
bad. However.... 

When our treasure hunt started 
in September, 1978, Helen Mac 
was still at her summer home in 
North Carolina. I forged ahead 
alone and immediately realized that 
sleuthing out and collecting alum- 
nae memorabilia was only the tip of 
an iceberg when it came to the 
other fine things that Sweet Briar 
had squirreled away over the years 
in attics, basements, stables, 
closets, crates and boxes. These 
items, unknown to the current ad- 
ministration, were the historic pro- 
perties of Sweet Briar College. 
Rosam quae meruit ferat may be the 
College motto, but I have a new one: 
Extra visum, extra mentem (Out of 
sight, out of mind). 

The first small collection of 
treasures began to expand at an in- 
creasing and alarming rate. The 
room assigned as our collection 
point in the lower level of the chapel 
began to bulge. We moved into a 
larger room and then spilled over 
into an adjoining room. What caus- 
ed this explosion of such historic 
proportions? Sweet Briar just never 
threw anything away; it simply hid 
things and forgot about them; we, 
in turn, are rediscovering them.. 

This detective story has been go- 
ing on week by week, rain or shine, 
for many months, through puddles 
of water, into dark corners of attics 
with flashlights, into cobwebs, 



In this home medicine chest we found a 
prescription written by E. Blackwell, 
M.D. — the first woman doctor in the 
U.S.? The address fits. 



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mildewing boxes and damp, molder- 
ing horse stalls. It has been an 
adventure of following clues that are 
so vague they should be dis- 
counted — yet they turn up 
something valuable. Suddenly we 
whisk off a dust-laden cloth in a 
pitch-dark attic and find in the beam 
of our flashlight a charming 1 830's 
parlor table. We reach into an old 
box and find staring up at us a 
crumbling daguerrotype of Elijah 
Fletcher. 

Rediscovering a Sweet Briar 
treasure is an exercise in patience. 
You know it is there waiting for you 
to find it in some dark, dank place. 
You cannot wait to reclaim it from 
years in limbo, so where do you look 
and what are you looking for? 

Ann Reams at Alumnae House 
one day casually said, "Try and find 
a picture of Indiana Fletcher 
Williams. Nobody has ever seen a 
picture of the College's founder and 
I have had many requests for a pic- 
ture of her.'' 

Where does one start looking on 
3,200 acres of grounds, dozens of 
buildings and rooms? You don't. 
You just hope that Indiana Williams 
will appear out of the past. Will you 
recognize her if she does turn up? 
Who knows, unless a picture is label- 
ed? 

One morning this year, Virginia 
Kitchen, the College's director of 
residence halls, said, "I have ^n old 
suitcase full of Daisy's clothes up in 
Gray attic and next time I go up 
there I'll bring it down." I couldn't 
wait, but this is a waiting game, so I 
stewed, chewed my nails down to 
the knuckle bone and plagued the 
dear woman for a month. Finally! 
Daisy's clothes were in my clutches. 
Only they were not Daisy's clothes 
at all. They were her mother's. 

Well, what do you know about 
that? Mow, I thought, we can find out 
something about Indiana Williams, 
her size. I found a wobbly old dress 
form in our drama department and 
dressed the form in a two-piece silk 
dress with a high neck, leg o'mutton 
sleeves and a slight bustle to her 
skirt. I whipped out my tape 
measure and discovered that In- 
diana Williams during the 
mid- 1 880' s had a twenty- inch waist, 
a thirty-four inch bosom, was about 
five feet, six inches tall, weighed 
about 120 pounds and loved 



beautiful hand-tailored clothes. In 
the case was a black silk faille jacket 
with jet buttons and superb beaded 
lace, a night wrapper of green 
striped foulard silk, a black skirt 
with elegant couched-on braid trim, 
an 1870's bonnet with flowers and 
velvet ribbons. 

I had already discovered Daisy's 
clothing in her trunk which had been 
hidden in the library archives for 
more than thirty years. Daisy was a 
petite size six. I would estimate th^t 
before her death in 1884 at sixteen 
years of age that Daisy stood about 
five feet in height and weighed no 
more than ninety pounds. The 
clothes from Gray attic were for a 
tall, slender mature woman whose 
clothes styles post-dated Daisy's 
death. By now I really was hoping to 
find a portrait of Indiana to match 
the face to the figure, so to speak. 



I had seen some of Indiana's 
clothes, read some of her letters, ex- 
amined the contents of Sweet Briar 
House and realized that she was a 
bright, intellectual woman who 
adored to travel, who loved New 
York above all places because of the 
opera and art galleries, who was a 
gifted musician and collected 
elegant things with no expense 
spared. Some of her bills I found for 
silver purchases alone amount into 
the thousands of dollars. A shadowy 
picture of a very interesting woman 
was beginning to emerge from a dim 
past. 

One day over lunch this past 
spring, Martha von Briesen '31 sug- 
gested that I search out some of her 
photographs in the library, that they 
might be helpful in my research. So I 
began rummaging through boxes in 
a jumbled corner of the library. I 




Chatterbox was a collection of short stories written and illustrated by Daisy 
Williams in 1876. 



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happened to glance into a far corner 
of the room and saw green mildew 
creeping up the wall. A box, sagging 
with dampness, was in that corner. I 
hoped that Martha's photographs 
were not in that box because I 
visualized ruination and deteriora- 
tion. Dragging the box to a table, I 
began to remove damp 
photographs. First out was a decay- 
ing daguerrotype of Elijah Fletcher! 
Then came five photos of James 
Henry Williams, three photos of 
three-year-old Daisy and a big photo 
of the monument on Monument 
Hill — No, this marker said 
"Lightbody," so ours must be a copy 
of this one from a New York 
cemetery. There was a picture of 
Mrs. Crawford, Elijah's mother-in- 
law. There were pictures of houses, 
unidentified people, old stereoscope 
pictures of Europe and a piece of 
paper that read, "These pictures 
were found in the basement of 
Sweet Briar House by Reuben Hig- 
genbottom in 1954." Reuben was 
President Glass's butler and stayed 
on at Sweet Briar House working 
for Presidents Lucas and Pannell. 
Some of the photos had been burn- 
ed and had charred edges: they had 
been in the Sweet Briar House fire 
in 1927. 

Several of us immediately remov- 
ed the box to Sweet Briar House and 
laid the photographs out to dry on 
the wide sunny window sills in the 
dining room. Two of the pictures 
were of a handsome (unidentified) 
woman dressed in lace, an elegant 
lady with a pleasing face and wide 
eyes. Both of the photos were made 
in New York. One photo was of the 
lady at about age forty and was done 
by a photographer named Rock- 
wood. The photo of three-year-old 
Daisy, from the same box, was made 
by Rockwood at the same address. 

I remembered a photo of a young 
girl with a lace scarf on her head; the 
photo, in a red velvet frame, was in 
the library with the Fletcher books 
and papers. The staff had called her 
"Daisy." I had never been convinced 
that this was Daisy because the girl 
did not look like any of the known 
pictures of Daisy, or at least not to 
me. I removed the library "Daisy" to 
Sweet Briar House and compared it 
to the two photos of "Lady 
Unknown." They were the same in- 
dividual at three different ages, 



ranging from about sixteen to forty 
years. Now came the acid test. I un- 
earned the "library Daisy" and on 
the back was the name of a Parisian 
French photographer. Miss Indie 
had spent considerable time in Paris 
in 1844, 1845, and 1846 at about 
age sixteen. WELL, HELLO, MISS 
INDIE! Pieces of the puzzle were 
locking into place, and the sleuth 
was jumping with joy. We had found 
the Founder, and Indiana Fletcher 
Williams was lovely. 

Now 1 felt we could lay to rest the 
ghost that spread the rumors that In- 
diana refused to be painted or 
photographed because she was fat, 
had a goiter, was vain, or in some 
fashion was queer looking. We had 
heard all those rumors for years, but 
after eighty years the concrete 
evidence in photographs and 
clothing is now in hand to quell 
those allegations. 

We were moving smartly along, 
but in the wander-and-search 
department it became increasingly 
evident that we were dealing with a 
tremendous amount of Victorian 
furniture. I began photographing, 
documenting and cataloguing it 




piece by piece. Sweet Briar has too 
much furniture of the pre-Civil War 
period to have come from just one 
plantation: a dozen couches, 3 
sideboards, 10 desks and 
secretaries, 80 plus chairs, 12 chests 



of drawers, 20 or more tables, 15 
pier glasses and over-mantel mir- 
rors. What a mass of Victorian fur- 
niture, and where had such a 
treasure come from? The furniture 
is everywhere: in Sweet Briar House, 
Garden Cottage, in offices, attics, 
dormitories, the old stables, a 
surfeit of Victorian period pieces 
and some from even earlier periods. 

Certainly the Mt. St. Angelo fur- 
niture is here. When the Walker 
family bought the plantation across 
the road it was empty. Miss 
Winifred Walker, the youngest of 
the Walker children and who lives in 
the area, said that they had to fur- 
nish the place. Some pieces may 
have come from "Tusculum," the 
plantation near Clifford, where Eli- 
jah Fletcher's wife was raised. 
Some of Dr. Manson's furniture 
came to Sweet Briar, according to 
Edna Lee Gilchrist '26. I cannot im- 
agine any other college in the coun- 
try with such a collection. 

This was a moving experience for 
me. I suddenly wanted to move 
everything that was out-of-sight 
and not being used into one safe 
place. And it will be done. Of 




course, much of the furniture is 
still serving its original function, 
but after one hundred to 1 50 years, 
some pieces need rest and 
recuperation, also some glue, mend- 
ing and tender loving care. Several 
delicate little pieces need to be 
whisked out of busy offices and be 
replaced by contemporary pieces. 



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After years of not knowing what Indiana Fletcher Williams looked like, we sudden- 
ly found three photographs showing her at different stages of her life. 



I wandered into Dean Patt's of- 
fice one afternoon and asked for an 
appointment to photograph the 
dozen or more fine Victorian pieces 
in the Deanery. The Dean suggested 
that I go to the summer storage 
area — a disagreeable hole near the 
power plant — and have a look at an 
etagerie stored there. There was the 
etagerie, a specially designed 
cabinet piece; also there was the 
most magnificent sofa on campus, 
a heavily carved rosewood and still 
in good shape. I was gleeful and 
saddened at the same time because 
the damp cinder block building had 
water puddles on the floor, mildew 
and spiders. It was an unspeakable 
place to store two such valuable 
pieces of furniture; however, it is 
clues such as Dean Patt's that are 
paying off beautifully. 

Before I left summer storage I saw 
two large pine crates in a dark cor- 
ner. It was suggested that I have a 
look at the contents because they 
had been there for more than thirty 
years and it was rumored that 
Daisy's clothes were in them. Good 
grief! How many clothes did that 
child have? The sofa-size crates 
would hold enough outfits to supply 
a platoon. I knew we were missing 
the famous yellow ball gown that 
earlier graduates were so fond of 
and remembered well, but the crates 
looked like coffins. If I opened one I 
might find Daisy inside dressed in 
the yellow gown! 

I made arrangements to come 
back the next morning with morale- 
boosting reinforcements. I had 
spooked. The crates had been stored 
there so long that the cobwebs fes- 
tooning them had gray hair that 
looked like Spanish moss. 

The next morning Helen Mac, 
Deedie Whiteman, several members 
of the Buildings and grounds staff 
and I lifted the lid of the first crate. 
Piles of newspapers, all dated De- 
cember 12, 1947, covered mounds 
of objects. I felt like Howard Carter 
when he peered through the hole in 
King Tut's tomb and said, "I see 
great and wondrous things." 

We saw porcelain vases. Japanese 
lacquer, photographs, a doll, a 
child's chair, a sword, a pistol and, 
yes, more clothes! We removed the 
crates to our sorting room in the 
chapel and started unpacking. Out 
came Daisy's engraved gold Tiffany 



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watch(1883), her blonde curls, let- 
ters, memos, lap desks, china dogs, 
Japanese dolls, beautiful lace, four 
pairs of children's shoes, bonnets, 
tea caddies, scrapbooks, Mr. Wil- 
liam's master's thesis, and a Lynch- 
burg newspaper clipping that read, 
"For Sale - Sweet Briar Plantation, 
the recently renovated hotne of the 
late Elijah Fletcher" (Jan. 6, 1860). 

This bonanza boggled my mind 
and suddenly I had 1 ,00 1 questions 
and I also had the yellow ball gown. 
Some of the treasures we found had 
been packed away from Sweet Briar 
House during the tenure of Presi- 
dent Lucas to make way for a 
downstairs bathroom. 

It is always the business of a col- 
lege to look to the future, to the pro- 
blems at hand and to the growth of 
the institution. There isn't much 
time to look back. In 1907 Sweet 
Briar, desperate for funds, sold the 
Fletcher-Williams silver, jewelry, 
lace and other items of intrinsic 
value. It then was more important to 
buy mortar, boards and brick. As 
people now begin to hear of this 
snowballing project, we are being of- 
fered the return of objects that have 
long been gone from Sweet Briar. 
Perhaps more long-gone items will 
be returned. 

Because Sweet Briar was a work- 
ing plantation far longer than it has 
been a college, there are many fine 
farm tools and machines to be 
found or sought out. We are still a 
farm, and here and there we find in- 
teresting tools: scythes, rakes, 
pulleys, reed grinders, hand corn 
planters, saws, axes, adzes, 
blacksmith tools, a blacksmith 
bench complete with hand cranked 
bellows, horse-drawn mower and 
road scrapers, a six-man sleigh. 
These will all be documented. 

What are we going to do with our 
treasures? We feel that first things 
must come first, so we will acquire 
everything we can, pertinent to the 
history of the College and planta 
tion. These things will be 
documented and catalogued after 
identification, put on display and 
later we shall have a Sweet Briar 
museum. 



We have enough artifacts at this 
writing for historic displays, period 
rooms, costumes and a farm- 
plantation section. Students who 
are aware of this project are eager 
for displays of our findings, and we 
have many students who want to 
work with us. For many years our 
students have not had the oppor- 
tunity to see the artifacts; for that 
matter, much of the material has 
never been seen by alumnae, staff, 
faculty or students since the Col- 
lege was founded. Until 1947 
Sweet Briar House maintained a 
small collection of historic items; 
the rest were probably in cup- 
boards, closets and boxes where 
they had been since the death of In- 
diana Williams in 1900. 




Our neighboring colleges and 
universities are far advanced of us 
in historic preservation. 
Washington and Lee has a fine 
museum in the lower level of Lee 
Chapel. VMI has a nationally known 
collection of great historic impor- 
tance. Hollins has a collection of 
alumnae acquisitions, including 
porcelain. Hampden-Sydney has its 
own building provided by the class 
of 1963 to house its historic 
memorabilia. 

The items we own are unique to a 
college, in my experience, especial- 
ly the furniture and Daisy's 
clothing. The college has over 
thirty-five of her outfits starting 



with infant clothes through her 
teens. Included are hats, shoes, 
stockings, ribbons, shawls, sashes, 
a nightgown, underwear, a cape and 
jackets. It is not difficult to find 
adult clothing of this period of 
1867-1884, but children's 
clothing is somewhat scarce and 
children's underclothing is im- 
possible to find. The items we have 
are all hand-made, exquisite with 
lace, tucks, crochet work and 
charming buttons. Maria Georgiana 
Williams was a much loved child. 

As this project proceeds it will 
take time to put our "new" antiques 
into good condition after years of 
almost total neglect. We shall need 
expert advice on furniture, fabric 
repair and cleaning, leather restora- 
tion and display know-how. We'll 
have to decide where to locate the 
future museum, and of course there 
is always the necessary evil — money. 
In the meantime, the sleuthing, 
gleaning and gathering-together 
continues. 

I have laid a rather heavy em- 
phasis on the antique possessions 
of Sweet Briar because the project 
is so new, but I want to point out 
that the alumnae memorabilia sec- 
tion is also rapidly expanding. We 
have high hopes of building a first- 
rate Alumnae Archives. Helen 
McMahon has collected class rings, 
jewelry, old photos of May Queens, 
May Day photos, a nearly complete 
collection of our year books, 
photos of Paint and Patches pro- 
ductions, freshman aprons, early 
diplomas, concert programs, 
Walker family items and other gifts 
from alumnae and past presidents 
of Sweet Briar and gifts from our 
professors. 

During 1979 reunion several 
hundred alumnae toured our two 
display rooms in the chapel. Their 
reactions ran the gamut from tears 
to glee to gratitude. One dear soul 
said, "It makes me mad as hell that 
these lovely things have been hid- 
den and neglected all these years, 
and we have to do something about 

it! " J& 



Sweet Briar College 



Your editor has graciously invited 
me to share some of my 
thoughts about women's colleges 
for this issue of the Alumnae 
Magazine, and I am delighted and 
honored to do so! What follows is 
rooted in two studies I have publish- 
ed earlier, and then built upon 
thorough observations and ex- 
periences related to women in their 
educational and work environments. 
My intent is to have us gain some in- 
sights about women, about women's 
place in institutional life, and about 
ourselves. Further, I hope that even 
as we learn from other women, we 
will become the teachers of women 
and men as we explore ways to 
redefine and refine what it means to 
be a woman in our society. 

The first study I would cite involv- 
ed the interrogation of a very large 
database collected by the American 
Council on Education in a national 
survey of teaching faculty. 1 I was able 
to obtain special printouts of their 
data catagorized according to five 
educational institutional types, and 
according to sex, for a number of 
questions that I had selected from 
the original questionnaire. One 
subset of questions had to do with 
what I called issues of concern to 
women, or overtly sex-related ques- 
tions. One of these, for example, 
stated, "In most of my classes, men 
students comprehend the material 
better than women students." 
Women faculty, regardless of in- 
stitutional affiliation, were far more 
likely to disagree with this query 
than were men faculty. There was 
also a subset of questions dealing 
with the relative importance of 
teaching and research. Among the 
most revealing questions were those 
that required the respondent to rate 
herself or himself in terms of suc- 
cess as compared with women and 
men of similar age, professional 
preparation, and field. 

Differences between women's and 
men's responses to these questions 
appeared in terms of the patterns for 
each sex: women exhibited one pat- 
tern when comparing themselves 
with men and a different one when 
comparing themselves with women, 
while men had a unitary pattern for 
their comparison with faculty of 
both sexes. It is as if a woman facul- 
ty member, when asked how suc- 
cessful she is, says, "It depends. 
Successful compared with whom?" 



The Importance 
of Women to Women 



by M. Elizabeth Tidball 
Board of Overseers 



"Our responsibility as women is to 
assure that we learn to value each other 
as dependable and productive compan- 
ions and colleagues. In so doing, we 
render ourselves capable of con- 
siderable strength, and both confident 
and competent to participate in all 
aspects of the shaping of a more 
humane society." 



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When women compared themselves 
with men, the strongest correlates of 
success were those we might call 
feminine: concerns for teaching and 
for issues related to women students 
and faculty. When women compared 
themselves with other women, cor- 
relates of success were more 
masculine: a negation of concerns 
for teaching, and identification with 
men who rate themselves more suc- 
cessful than other men. That is, their 
sense of success was derivative 
rather than original. 

Now let us look more closely at 
the two groups of women who rated 
themselves more successful than 
the other groups of women faculty. 
Highest self-rated were the women 
faculty who teach in traditionally all- 
male colleges (many of which now 
admit women students). They com- 
pared themselves moderately well 
with respect to men, but highly 
favorably with respect to other 
women. That is, their overall high 
ranking occurred primarily on the 
basis of negation of teaching and af- 
filiation with elite males. Next-to- 
highest self-rated were the women 
faculty who teach in traditionally all- 
female colleges. They compared 
themselves moderately well with 
respect to other women, but most 
favorably with respect to men. The 
chief inputs to their overall ratings 
were their concerns for teaching and 
woman-related issues. 

Which would you prefer to have as 
your professors: women who adopt 
more feminine behaviors but feel 
less successful, or women who 
adopt male-imitative behaviors and 
feel more successful? I trust you see 
the dilemmas for women students 
and for women academic profes- 
sionals. The current choices are 
surely not easy or straightforward. 
Perhaps you are thinking you would 
rather be taught by the men who 
rate themselves most successful. 
But note first the correlates of their 
success ratings: employment in a 
research-oriented institution, nega- 
tion of teaching, and the least con- 
cern among all faculty for issues of 
importance to women faculty and 
students. 



"...Women students in 
most institutions of 
higher learning are 
taught by teachers who 
devalue women or 
devalue themselves. 
Women in women's col- 
leges suffer least." 



From these data one can infer that 
women students in most institutions 
of higher learning are taught by 
teachers who devalue women or 
devalue themselves. Women in 
women's colleges suffer least, 
because of the very large proportion 
of women faculty present, because 
of these women's relatively high 
level of self-esteem, and because of 
the vigorous affirmation of women 
and their concerns attested to by 
most adult women in academe. 
However, it must be acknowledged 
that only a very small fraction of 
women students and faculty receive 
the benefits of such environments. 
Surely it is important that we sup- 
port and encourage the vitality and 
continuation of the option of 
women's colleges for women. But it 
should also be apparent that, as 
educated women, we have a major 
task before us in the renewal and 
redirection of all institutions of all 
kinds, that they may become places 
where women are regularly valued 
by both women and men, and places 
where the values of women are in- 
corporated and promulgated 
throughout all segments of institu- 
tional life. Failing these objectives, 
we perpetuate untold losses of talent 
among women by delaying the con- 
tributions of many if not denying 
completely the emergence of that 
talent in others. 

Who we really are 

What can we do to ameliorate and 
rectify the environments in which 
some women live and work? How 
can women find themselves and 
know who they are, surrounded as 
they are by societal institutions 
designed by and for men? The start- 
ing point, I believe, lies in the task 



of redefinition of success, motiva- 
tion, leadership, creativity and, 
most basic of all, of what we mean 
by man and woman. In particular we 
must redefine the meaning of 
woman away from the stereotypes of 
yesterday toward a new freedom to 
be who we really are. 

It is this venture, this adventure, 
to which we are called, in which we 
must join, if women are to be able to 
contribute their talents, their 
knowledge, and, yes, their qualities 
of being female to a world 
desperately in need of vision and 
revision. Men will not lead the way in 
our redefinition; men will not 
ponder and and promulgate ways to 
enhance environments for the 
education and careers of women. 
Men do not regularly and voluntarily 
place matters affecting women at 
the head of their agendas. It is to us, 
to women, to provide the direction 
and the thrust. To be sure, I would 
not exclude men from this 
endeavor, and I would hope that 
many men would want to become in- 
volved; but the impetus, the energy, 
the ideas, the leadership must 
originate with women themselves. 
To do this — to redefine woman — 
women must be able to work 
together, learn together, formulate 
plans of action among themselves in 
order to ask the critical questions 
and to move toward formulating a 
series of challenging answers. 

One fruitful direction stems from 
the appreciation of two relatively 
new conditions of life brought about 
by developments in the health 
sciences and technology. One of 
these is that we now have, for the 
first time in the history of the 
universe as we know it, highly 
reliable means for controlling our 
reproductive capacity. The ability to 
determine when we shall be involved 
in childbearing and childrearing has 
markedly altered our perceptions of 
women's participation in work roles 
and provided for a kind of depen- 
dability and predictability which we 
have never had before. The other 



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condition of life which we are just 
beginning to appreciate relates to 
the fact that both women and men 
now live healthier and much longer 
lives. We are no longer old and worn 
out at 40, or even 50 or 60. We are 
not in total decline during our 
postmenopausal years. I find it in- 
triguing and not surprising that 
some of the new research in 
developmental psychology should 
be emphasizing the growth and 
redirections possible in men's lives 
beyond young and middle 
adulthood. Men's lives and careers 
are no longer seen as a curve rising 
during youth, peaking in middle 
adulthood, and declining thereafter. 
Nor should women's lives be viewed 
this way. 

For all of their history, women 
have been presumed to have one 
prime function, a function to be car- 
ried out during but a narrow span of 
their lives. And, perhaps more im- 
portant, woman's reason for being 
has been viewed primarily in the 
context of her necessary affiliation 
and attachment to man. Women 
also perpetuate this view with its at- 
tendant negative impact upon 
themselves and upon women in 
general. Far too often women have 
believed that as soon as they marry 
or become involved in a career — 
both of which customarily place 
them more in the company of men 
than of women — they will have 
"grown up," meaning grown beyond 
their need of other women, having 
entered into the world of men. Dur- 
ing the years of greatest productivi- 
ty and energy, women therefore 
tend to divert the major portion of 
that energy to activities that exclude 
substantive interactions with other 
women. 

It is the understanding of this 
tendency and its rectification that 
are pivotal to the redefinition of 
woman, the idea that a woman's life 
is not a sequence focused upon and 
realized but briefly during her 
reproductive years, with adoles- 
cence the prelude and middle age 
the denouement to senescence. In 
our redefining we must reinstate the 
elements of childhood and ado- 



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"Surely it is important 
that we support and en- 
courage the vitality and 

continuation of the op- 
tion of women's colleges 
for women." 



lescence, of middle and old age, 
that provide for continuity and 
meaning to our lives as human be- 
ings who are women. We have had, 
as children, and will have again, 
reasons for being that are not ex- 
plicitly related to our unique 
biology. Yet I believe this ins